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Email culling from newsgroups - legal?
itrainu

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 668 posted 9:21 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Recently I have posted to a couple of Microsoft email newsgroups for support with Microsoft software - specifically visio and project. I of course use particular email addresses for such posts - ones that I can discard easily!

But now I am getting spam from companies who give me the option to opt out and indicate that I opted in - I have read their privacy policies on their websites and neither company who has spammed me so far indicate that they cull email addresses from the web.

Can I report a violation of their privacy statements anywhere?

Thanks,

itrainu

 

pendanticist

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 668 posted 9:32 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

But now I am getting spam from companies who give me the option to opt out and indicate that I opted in - I have read their privacy policies on their websites and neither company who has spammed me so far indicate that they cull email addresses from the web.

First, never, ever opt-out from any UCE/SPAM message. The only thing that does is 'verify' your addy to be current and valid.

Addressing the 'cull' part. Email Siphoning programs/applications/bots peruse the Internet constantly looking for the '@' sign for with to add to databases that are then offered for sale on those 4,000,000,000 Fresh E-mail Account UCE/SPAM messages we've all seen.

Can I report a violation of their privacy statements anywhere?

That's a tricky question to answer in one word. Sites you post to (et., al.) have a tough time keeping these Siphons from grabbing addies. Although they could probably try a bit harder, in my opinion.

I should also point out that I've heard where humans actually peruse these BBs to scarf up addies to sell.

As for the site sending out the UCE/SPAM, well, they are not about to admit to any privacy violations if they've bought such a CD or have outsourced their mailing services.

<added>Oh, let's not forget that UCE/SPAMers also simly make up addies as they go along. I know I'm not going to be able to find the post right now, but it goes something like this:

a@whatever.whatever
a1@whatever.whatever
a2 thru whatever @whatever.whatever
b@whatever.whatever
b1@whatever.whatever
and so on.</added>

Pendanticist.

itrainu

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 668 posted 9:48 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Good points pendanticist...

Let me be more specific - I posted to a microsoft Visio newsgroup through Google Groups with email address A - much later received spam relating to Visio sent to address A - never used before this time...

I later posted twice to a microsoft Project newgroup through Google Groups using two different email addresses. Received two pieces of spam - one at each address - related to Microsoft Project...

Does this change anything? I am using Mailwasher to bounce their emails ;-)

itrainu

pendanticist

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 668 posted 10:04 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Does this change anything?

Thanks for the clarification, itrainu. :)

On the surface, I'd say the situation certainly looks suspect.

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to defer for a bit on this as there are others in these forums who can address your particular specifics (regarding 'Visio' & 'Project') better than I. There may be something in there which I don't see.

Pendanticist.

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