Fw: Unsolicited commercial email (was [ILUG] Europe chickens out of
John P. Looney
john at antefacto.com
Wed Jul 18 12:55:43 IST 2001
On Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:36:04PM -0400, Ruairi Newman mentioned:
> E-mail is the easiest form of communication from which to opt out.
> Recipients need only press reply and type "unsubscribe". We could
> legislate that opt-outs need to be as easy as that, as the Parliament
> committee has tried to do. A consumer who receives unsolicited emails
> having opted-out can easily point to this opt-out, and his inclusion on
> an opt-out register, to challenge the sender. It is far more difficult
> for the consumer to prove that he has never "opted-in" at any time in
> the past. Alternatively, customers can use filters to ensure that they
> never even receive unsolicited commercial email from troublesome
> companies, who would obey neither opt out nor opt-in.
Problem being that most "spammers" consider an "unsubscribe" to be a sign
of an active email account, which they can then sell for a higher price,
so most knowledgeable email users will not do this.
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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