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Privacy Concerns of Mint.com and Other Start-Ups

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 10:37 AM
Mint.com is one of the start-ups mentioned in this New York Times article which reviews the potential issues of the business strategies that depend on using private data. Here's an excerpt about Mint.com:
Aaron Patzer, who founded Mint in 2007 (the company was acquired by Intuit in 2009 for $170 million), believed that users would give the site private information in return for allowing Mint to analyze their finances to alert them when they had exceeded their budget, or to send them offers from cable companies or banks.
I reviewed my Mint.com experience in February.
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Ken TuminKen Tumin5,469 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
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1. Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:09 AM
I use a similar free service-Yodlee.com.  Not all Banks/S&L's/CU's are supported by this website, so I have several manual accounts that I have to update monthly one-by-one manually.  Not sure if this same problem haunts mint.com.

 

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AnonymousAnonymous2,282 posts since
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2. Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:03 AM
yodlee powers the mint service
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AnonymousAnonymous2,282 posts since
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3. Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:52 AM
I use Fidelity's FullView service, which is also powered by Yodlee.  Unlike Mint.com, however, Fidelity already has a lot of my personal financial information, and aren't using the additional information to sell me anything.
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