RE: [Asrg] C/R Thoughts: Take 1

Yakov Shafranovich <research@solidmatrix.com> Wed, 14 May 2003 17:33 UTC

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Subject: RE: [Asrg] C/R Thoughts: Take 1
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Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 13:32:34 -0400

At 04:58 PM 5/14/2003 +0100, you wrote:

> > SpamArrest behavior is no different from a regular MTA operator or an ISP
> > harvesting email addresses from all incoming and outgoing email. The only
> > difference is since a C/R system must keep a list of verified email
> > addresses, this makes it easier.
>
>One way it is different - it claims the right to sell your address on
>(although that of course is common US practise).  A lot of people willingly
>offer terms of use which doesn not give them that right.  If Spam-Arrest
>operated in the EU, its operation would be illegal (not the anti-spamming
>law, the data protection laws) and I'm not sure that this policy doesn't
>make it illegal to make commercial use of their product in most places in
>the EU. Maybe they'd better change if they don't want the data protection
>squad causing trouble for their customers - it just needs one highly
>publicised case to ensure that they never again have a customer in most of
>the civilised world.
>
>Tom

The point I was trying to make is that from the technical viewpoint any ISP 
or MTA operator can harvest addresses just like SpamArrest did.

Yakov

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