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by Mike Masnick




Putting Emails Into The "To:" Field Instead Of "Bcc:" Isn't A Technical Glitch

from the just-clarifying dept

It's one of the oldest mistakes in mass emailing. Marketers collect a bunch of email addresses and then send out a mass mailing about their product, but instead of (a) using some list software or (b) putting all the email addresses into the "bcc:" field, they put them in the "to:" or "cc:" field, exposing the whole list to everyone. It's happened thousands of times, and by now, anyone sending out a mass mailing should know enough to avoid it -- but it still happens. In the latest case, however, it's almost sad how the company tries to blame it on a "technical error" and then claim that email addresses are "secure" and have "not been used in an inappropriate manner." Of course, there was no "technical" error. There was the very, very human error of someone putting the addresses in the wrong box and/or not using a decent mailing list program. Hey, it happens, but to then hide behind the claim of a "technical error" is just sad. At the same time, they're wrong: the emails have been used in an inappropriate manner and there's no way for the company to claim that they're now secure, as 1,500 people now have the complete list and certainly could misuses it.

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    crystalattice, 25 Oct 2005 @ 1:30pm

    Make a new email address.

    If you're paranoid, just get a new email address. I have two email accounts: one for web site registration, email lists, etc. and one that I guard a little more closely.

    If you really wanted to track what's going on w/ an email, just set up a different one for each list, or at least each function, e.g. one for email lists, one for web site registration, one for business contacts, etc.

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