Classmates Says It Will Prostitute Your Info To Other Sites

Pete forwarded us an email from the social networking site Classmates, which apparently is attempting to stay relevant by spreading your information around the internet to sites people actually visit. At least users can opt out.

Quoting the email:

To make it easier for old friends—including you!—to reunite, we’re coming up with ways to let more people use Classmates from around the Internet without having to visit Classmates.com.

To do that, we’re about to start making your public Classmates content available to people using a variety of sites and devices, including Facebook and the iPhone. This content can include your name, photos, community affiliations, and more.

Of course, we care about your privacy as much as we do your ability to catch up with your past. We’re updating our privacy policy to make these new features possible, and you’re able to opt out.

To opt out of publishing your information through these applications, update your privacy settings within the next two weeks. (You can also update your settings at any time in the future.) You can read the updated privacy policy here.

Look for our new Facebook app: We’re about to release a Facebook application that lets people curious about their old friends and schoolmates explore our class lists and member activity. If you’re on Facebook, we hope you check it out once it’s available.

If you’re one of the untold masses who signed up for Classmates on a lark several years ago only to abandon it, what’s your take on the new policy?