Accoona, makers of a browser toolbar, sent us a nasty letter.

The lawyers state this:

…You falsely claim that the Acoona [sic] software is a “type of threat” that is “more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer[s] a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.”  The Acoona [sic] software currently availble at Accoona.com is not “adware” and it does not “track[] [] user online performance”.

Well, actually what we say is this:

Moderate threats may profile users online habits or broadcast data back to a server with ‘opt-out’ permission. In most cases this type of threat is more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.

Description: The ACCOONA Toolbar is a Internet Explorer toolbar that is bundled and installed with other programs.

The ACCOONA Toolbar is bundled and installed with programs such as screen savers and desktop themes which target children. Earlier versions of the ACCOONA Toolbar were purportedly difficult to remove.

As usual, we scratch our heads as to why companies need to send us legal threats when a simple email suffices.   Truly.  We even have a nice little submission area for these types of things.  

Oh—that’s right, it’s the holidays and we all need to support lawyers in their time of need.

At any rate, we’ll pass this on to our high-priced lawyers and go through our usual process. 

Alex Eckelberry