Reuter requires Internet Explorer 5 or 6 for privacy queries

I wanted to add a comment to the Reuter post from Felix Salmon (see previous blog post), and, as always, I read the small print.
   The Thomson Reuters terms and conditions have this, inter alia:

If you have agreed to such contact, the Reuters Group may contact you about those of its other services to which you do not subscribe but which may interest you. We may for example invite you to join a free trial of a service. Sometimes we may invite you to client entertainment and similar events. Such contact may be by post, fax, email, instant message and (in certain limited circumstances) by telephone from time to time. You have a right to ask us at any time not to contact you by way of direct marketing.

I scrolled to the bottom of the page, where it instructed us to email [email protected] if there were any further queries about the terms and the privacy policy.
   Just to be on the safe side, I asked:

Does the act of signing up constitute an agreement for this ‘contact’? (From my point of view, it doesn’t, but I’d like to hear it from you so we can have some consensus.)

   I received this reply:

Thank you for your email.

For efficient service, please re-submit your query using the “Contact Us” form available at the following link:

which takes me to this page:

Reuter is behind the times

The text is a bit small in the screen shot, but it reads:

We have detected that you are using a browser that is not fully supported by the Reuters Account Administration system. At present full functionality for registration and account management is only offered to users of the following browsers:

:: Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0

Please note that Beta versions of browsers are not supported.

Please return to using Internet Explorer and try again.

If you are already using Internet Explorer, you may still need to download the Internet Explorer High Encryption pack. To upgrade or install Internet Explorer, please click on the the button below to visit the Microsoft website for further assistance.

Oh, nuts. Anyone have the Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 installation files? (That was a rhetorical question.)
   Looks like I won’t be commenting at Reuter any time soon.

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2 thoughts on “Reuter requires Internet Explorer 5 or 6 for privacy queries

  1. ROTFL!

    At a time when the rest of the technically-literate world is mounting a concerted effort to get rid of obselete and deprecated browsers, one of the world’s “leading” information and analysis companies requires them?

    If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be hilarious.

  2. I can’t even remember when I abandoned those series 5 browsers. I remember when I started to use them (2001) …

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