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|Title:||Email Privacy and Violators|
|Date:||March 26th, 2004|
Why Am I Reading This?
If I sent you this URL, it's because you submitted my email address
to a website. This page explains why I'd rather you didn't do that
and explains what to do instead.
Why I hate SPAM
I receive about 100 email a day. Most of it is spam.
2005 was particularly spammy, I received over 40 million lines of SPAM,
in over 700,000 messages, that was about 1.7 Gigabytes of
my bandwidth used up for this crap, almost 2000 messages per day.
I despise SPAM, and if there was legislation pending that would
implement capital punishment for SPAMmers, I would literally support it.
What I do about it
I'm very protective of my main email address. Please don't ever
type my email address into a website, with the sole exception of
people who send/receive email through web sites like hotmail.
If you want to add me to a website that requires my email, even things
like evite, please ask me first (I use a different email for each website),
or at least make up an unusual email address at my domain.
I also use a Contact form
on my website (from a script
that I wrote) so that I don't have to put my email on my website.
Furthermore, I have a custom spam filter that I wrote in perl using
my extensible mail filter
Finally, everytime I submit my email to a website, I use a different
email address. This lets me easily filter out addresses that are
sold, and, more importantly, lets me track who is selling my
email. Which leads to:
More Venting About SPAM
SPAM is a huge waste of time and is very costly.
My time is wasted deleting spam. My time is wasted writing tools to deal
with this problem. Real people have trouble receiving email from real
people because of overzealous SPAM filters. My download connection is
slowed down greatly because of it. I've seen many services destroyed
by spam (such as the triumph_cars yahoogroups I belonged to until it got
spammed out of existence). SPAMmers have no respect for life or property.
Here is a list of domains that have sold my email address (or who've
had their systems compromised and had their mailing list stolen - it's
all the same to me, it's their job to protect my private information):
And companies that did not do a thorough job of protecting my email:
- Amazon.com (alters privacy agreement after signup)
- equifax.com (if you can believe that)
- UAL.com (specifically the UAL Efares department)
- iwin.com (and my email was forged as the source of spam. Fuckers.)
- WebRx.com (out of business)
- HealthShop.com (sold their list when they went out of business)
- MyGeek.com (out of business)
- Stuffit.com (Aladdinsys.com)
And finally, companies who kept mailing me after multiple unsubscribe attempts:
- EBay (though they've since implemented my suggestions for handling email)
- Evite.com (which is why I wrote DaVite
Companies who ignored their own "No contact via email" settings:
- target.com (targetdirect.com)
- northertool.com (even though I never signed up!)
- FrontierAirlines.com (flyfrontier.com)