13% of Web sites of top 100 companies will share personal information without customer’s permission

95 out of 100 largest US corporations had privacy policies on their sites, 53% of those policies indicated that the companies used personal data collected from consumers for e-mail marketing campaigns without getting affirmative consent, according to The Customer Respect Group. 29% of the companies examined required customers using their Web sites to opt-in to receive e-mails. 26% of the businesses examined shared customer information within their business group without the customer’s explicit permission, 13% shared information with their business partners without permission, 9% shared the information with outside parties without permission, and 8% were silent.