Issues Shake Up Pepsi Refresh

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Pepsi Refresh, the beverage company’s initiative to spend $20 million on something more worthy than Super Bowl ads, is experiencing some early bumps, and we all know what a bumpy ride does to a can of soda.

TechCrunch reported that users attempting to submit their business plans and secure some of the $20 million—according to Inside Facebook, Pepsi partnered with four nonprofit groups, which will award up to $1.3 million per month in several increments, with each monthly amount split up between two grants of $250,000 and up to 10 grants of $50,000, $25,000 and $5,000—were experiencing database errors and security issues, with application and personal information compromised.

Rick Delashmit of Farmer’s 4 Good, who was attempting to submit his proposal, said in an email to TechCrunch:

There were also HUGE privacy problems last night as each time you tried to submit your plan, it would be linked to some other applicants personal information. This happened for everyone…epic fail.

name, email address, city, state, zip and their entire plan that they were submitting along with how much $$ they were asking for. I was actually getting random emails last night from other folks who were trying to submit and they were getting my info attached to their plans…craziness.

TechCrunch added that complaints were also multiplying on the Pepsi Refresh Facebook Fan Page.