And the winner is...

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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2009-02-16 20:30:39

*drumroll* eMusic! And by winner, I really mean LOSER.

So for over a year now, I've been setting up unique forwarding emails for each online account I sign up for, so as to better track incoming spam. To my surprise, the only spam I got (until today) was from the email addresses I used for mailing lists. I subscribe to a handful of W3C mailing lists, and the email addresses are publicly visible, so spam there is expected and normal.

But today, I received the first piece of spam from an actual account email address, and it was the one I gave to eMusic. The piece of spam I got was for some get-rich-quick scheme, complete with Bayesian-filter-busting keywords glued to the bottom.

I suppose I should also mention that I got some junk (newsletters and the like) from some of the other accounts (Aeroplan comes to mind) that I didn't sign up for, but was able to opt-out from. None of those were misleading in any way; it was obvious who sent it. The eMusic spam I got today was the first that was completely unrelated, and proves that they allowed spammers to get their grubby hands on my email address in violation of their privacy policy.

Also, I should also mention that I terminated my eMusic account a couple of months ago (24th November 2008, to be exact), so it might be that they only sell your email address after you're no longer a customer of theirs. But they're still a rotten egg in my book. And their music selection sucks.

Posted by stak at 2009-03-15 16:59:51
Ouch. Another e-mail address passed on to the spamlords. This time it's the one I gave to UW when I created an alumni account. And they have the nerve to ask for donations on top of that!
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Posted by Fai at 2009-03-15 18:41:10
really? I expected better from uw
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Posted by stak at 2009-03-15 23:04:13
Well, they do use some third-party list management company. I assume that's actually the one that passed on the e-mail address.
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Posted by Fai at 2009-03-16 02:18:23
what do they use it for?
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Posted by stak at 2009-03-16 17:55:20
Sending emails about alumni events and such.
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