Affinion, under Senate scrutiny after name change, still target of consumer ire

We've looked at Webloyalty and Vertrue, two of the three companies under investigation by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee after thousands of complaints about their billing and privacy practices. Now we take a look at the third, Affinion, of Norwalk, Conn.

You may have encountered Affinion under a previous name, Trilegiant. Maybe you've been to one of their 25 Web sites, including www.buyersadvantage.com, www.cleverclubhouse.com,www.nationalcardregistry.com (which is now 1800HotLine.com, but I include it by name to make a point later), www.privacyguard.com, and www.creditreportplace.com.