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stop sharing our wedding details without consent

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Online privacy is an issue that affects all of us, and this includes couples planning their weddings.

What many couples don't know is that when you create a registry at a major retailer on the list below, your personal information is automatically sent to another website -- theknot.com -- which creates a publicly searchable page advertising your name and wedding details. This page shows up early in google search results, and remains live for a minimum of 30 days once created.

The problem is that many retailers don't ask if you'd like to share your information in this way when setting up your account. To prevent information from being shared, couples need to already know the unusual way in which their personal information will be used, and look into ways of opting out before setting up their profile. Couples may not even know that they have a page at theknot.com. For some, this breach of privacy can be deeply problematic when family, friends, or employers find their names, wedding date, and location online via google search.

There are many reasons why someone might not want the knot to publicly advertise their wedding without their knowledge or consent. Here are just a few that I've heard from real couples:

A couple with estrangements in the family needed to keep their wedding date and location private.

One couple didn't know about their knot site, and the knot advertised the wrong date and location.

Yet another couple feared discrimination at work if their employer new the details of their wedding, which they did not intend to be searchable online.

 

This petition is intended to spread awareness of this practice, and to show that there is widespread support for changing it to protect couples' online privacy.

 

Please sign if you would like to see the following:

1. Couples should be aware of how their personal information and weddings details are shared online, and be given control of how that information is shared.

2. Retailers should change to an "opt-in" policy, in which couples may select to share their information with theknot.com, rather than the current "opt-out" policy.

 

Internet privacy is an issue that is quickly gaining in popular support. Let's show major retailers and The Knot that it would behoove them to be on the right side of the issue, rather than the wrong side.

Thanks for your support!

Dr. Anonymous

 

The retailers who currently partner with (and may share your information with) theknot.com are:

Amazon.com
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Bloomingdale’s
Bottlenotes
The Container Store
Crate and Barrel
Crowdrise Charity Registry
Gump’s
I Do Charity Registry
JCPenney
Kohl’s
Macy’s
Michael C. Fina
Pottery Barn
REI
Scully & Scully
Sur La Table
Target
Tiffany & Co.
Traveler’s Joy
Wayfair
Williams-Sonoma



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