How many servings are there in a single-serve cup? The answer might surprise you

I was in the grocery store, and there was a sign advertising a new product. Delight in a cup Your favorite XYZ Ice Cream Now in convenient single-serve cups. I took a look at the cup. Seemed kind of big for a single serving. I picked one up to read the nutritional information. Servings per…

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How to hide privacy violations in a privacy disclosure statement, part 2

It seems that nearly every privacy statement somebody sends me doesn’t actually protect my privacy. They start out saying all sorts of great things, like Company X is committed to maintaining the privacy of its customers. After the section listing what information they collect, there’s the section describing who they will disclose it to. We do…

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Reading the fine print, episode 3: What's in the bottle?

Caught out by the FDA. I happened to be in the bug spray section of the store when I spotted a bottle of mosquito repellant that proudly proclaimed “100%  DEET”. But the FDA-mandated labelling tells a different story: Active ingredients N, N diethyl-m-toluamide       95% Other isomers   5% Similarly, foods labeled “zero fat” are…

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Reading the fine print, episode 2: Portable headphones

Marketing writes the big print; lawyers write the small print. I bought some portable stereo headphones. The front of the box says you can use it “while in-line skating, power walking, biking, jogging, skiing, running, weightlifting, climbing and more.” (Emphasis mine.) The back of the box says that it should not be used “while driving…

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How to hide privacy violations in a privacy disclosure statement

I’m looking over my Fidelity privacy disclosure statement, titled “Our commitment to privacy”. Google is amazing: It found a copy online: Our Commitment to Privacy. Scroll down to How and Why We Obtain Personal Information, fourth bullet point: Information services and consumer reporting agencies (for example, to verify your identity, to assess your creditworthiness or…

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