Respect Email Privacy

Not a subject that is necessarily Mayne Island related but something that I've been noticing lately both from Mayne Island emailers and others. Sometimes when people decide that all of their friends just absolutely must hear about the latest issue that they find important, they make the mistake of exposing everyone else's private email address to all their contacts.

So I made the cartoon-infographic above. Please feel free to copy it and send it to someone you've noticed that has made the same mistake.

For more info on the subject and further instructions please go to this incredibly informative blog: NetManners.com - Don't Brush Off Email Privacy

Another related issue is passing on your friend's email addresses to web sites such as e-card online greeting card sites or sites that say something like "send this article to a friend". Whenever a web site asks you to give them someone else's email address, — don't do it. In many cases the web site may be performing a service and keeping that email address you just gave them private, but you don't know that. And it's not really your right to pass on other people's email addresses to third parties. Just think if they asked you for your friend's phone number and home address too ...

And just a note regarding the MayneNews email list: I use an email service provider, MailChimp, that has very high standards around the issues of privacy and spam. Information submitted to the list when you subscribe is kept strictly private and will never be used for any other purposes than sending you the MayneNews emails. If you decide to unsubscribe from the list you will never be contacted again. ( Unless of course you realize what a mistake unsubscribing was and decide to re-subscribe.)

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