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Re: RIPE32 Anti-spam WG minutes (draft 1.1)

  • From: (Beebit)
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 18:05:30 GMT
  • Organization: The Viking Warship Class
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On Tue, 09 Feb 1999 15:07:56 +0100, Piet Beertema <Piet.Beertema@localhost 

> 2) I'm on a mailing list through which I receive info
>    of interest for my organisation. With permission
>    from the list owner, but without my knowledge or
>    consent, a commercial company uses the list to send
>    me info. Since my organisation is interested in this
>    info, I accept it, although strictly speaking this
>    would be UCE. I consider being on said mailing list
>    as implicit permission to send me such info.

On Tue, 9 Feb 1999 17:46:07 +0100 (MET), Ragnar Lonn prl@localhost wrote:

>     Don't think many list owners ever allow this.
>     If they do, they are probably into strange things themselves.

On Tue, 09 Feb 1999 17:04:51 +0100, Piet Beertema <Piet.Beertema@localhost

> Such mailing lists do exist and *are* useful.
Hmmmm...  like with so many things, a *lot* depends on context.  A company
sending a blurb to a list in the manner of a *participant* can, in the
right context, be considered acceptable list traffic.  Social
considerations similar to those for Usenet newsgroups would appear to apply
here.  Equally acceptable would be Company A's putting a blurb on Company
B's newsletter, if B gives permission.

What would *not* be acceptable under *any* circumstances would be the list
owner's divulging the list's addresses to a third party without the
participants' knowledge or consent.  This smacks of very bad faith, and may
not be entirely in accord with the principles behind various Data
Protection Acts.

G.W. Mills  (B.)

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