by Mike Masnick
Tue, Mar 25th 2008 4:28pm
You can certainly understand why ISPs offer spam filters. It's a service for users who don't want to be totally bombarded with spam. But what I've never understood is that these ISPs rarely give the user a chance to circumvent the spam filter themselves. If most people want to ignore it and assume all spam is spam, then so be it. But what if some users want to make sure no legit emails are getting through? Witness the latest chatter about AT&T's "upgraded" spam filter that is apparently eating up a ton of legitimate emails with no indication to the receiving party. It's surprising that AT&T would do this, knowing (as it must) that back when Verizon became too aggressive with its spam filters, it lost a class action lawsuit and had to pay out a few million dollars to annoyed users. Either way, it's a reminder not to use your ISP's email solution.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- AT&T Is Fine With Title II -- When It Protects AT&T From Anti-Competitive Behavior
- Our Shiny New Net Neutrality Rules Won't Be Worth Squat If The FCC Isn't Willing To Act
- UK ISPs Now Filtering Websites That Simply List BitTorrent Proxy Websites, But Don't Host Any Infringing Content Whatsoever
- Entertainment Industry Demands Swedish ISP Block The Pirate Bay; ISP Says No
- Iran's New 'Smart' Internet Censorship Efforts Still Aren't Particularly Smart