Claria (Gator) executive appointed to Homeland Security Privacy Board

The International Charter has expressed moderate concern regarding the appointment of an executive from Claria (formerly Gator) to a Homeland Security Privacy committee.

"This committee will provide the department with important recommendations on how to further the department's mission while protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information of citizens and visitors of the United States," Nuala O'Connor Kelly, the department's chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Claria bundles its pop-up advertising software with ad-supported networks such as Kazaa. Recently, the privately held company has been trying to improve its credibility by changing it's name and following stricter privacy guidelines, although it continues to profile it's users.

In the past, Claria's pop-up ad software has riled some users who claimed it was annoying, installed without permission, and not easy to delete.

Claria's representative on the Homeland Security privacy board is company Vice President D. Reed Freeman, a former Federal Trade Commission staff attorney. Other members include executives from Intel, Computer Associates International, IBM, Oracle and the Cato Institute.