NY official: Tagged site stole identities

New York’s attorney general says that Tagged.com stole millions of Internet users’ identities with e-mails that raided their private accounts.

Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue the social networking Web site for deceptive e-mail marketing and invasion of privacy.

Cuomo said Thursday the company would send unsuspecting recipients e-mails, telling them to view private photos posted by friends. He says no such photos existed. Cuomo says that instead, Tagged raided recipients’ e-mail address books.

When recipients tried to access photos, Cuomo says they in effect became new members of the site.

Tagged temporarily suspended its Internet campaign last month, in response to user complaints and criticism.

E-mail and telephone messages sent to the company weren’t immediately returned.

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