The Council of Better Business Bureaus' BBBOnline subsidiary, which will soon be awarding seals of approval for electronic commerce businesses' on-line privacy policies, has issued a general call for postings of privacy-protection statements on Web sites.

BBBOnline was joined in the statement this month by more than two dozen of its sponsor companies, which include American Express Co., AT&T Corp., BankAmerica Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp., and Sony Electronics.

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