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About Email Privacy

Email privacy is a broad topic dealing with issues of unauthorized access to, and inspection of, electronic mail. ... Through the process of information being sent from the user's computer to the email service provider, data acquisition is taking place, most of the time without the user knowing...


The Importance of Email Privacy

Online privacy is one of the biggest issues doing the rounds. There are certain things you need to watch out for, before giving your email address to a certain website. For instance, whenever you give your email address while making an online purchase, or join an online forum or even sign up for an email newsletter, there's always a certain element of risk. Will you be sent unwanted emails? Or will your address be passed around, filling your inbox with spam? Here's how you can avoid spam and maintain your email privacy.

The first thing you need to do is use your intuition - if you are on a reputed website that provides good customer service, then they would most probably use your address judiciously. Such websites also respect anti-spamming laws and maintain good online reputations. But if you sense that the site you're on is unprofessional, or provides bad customer service, and then chances are you're right - stay away from the site and don't provide any personal information.

The second thing you need to do is check the information which is given to you on the sign-up page or the sign-up form. There should ideally be a statement about your email address' privacy, and there should also be an indication about what kind of emails you would get, and how often you would receive them. On the basis of this, you can judge whether or not you would like to provide your email address.

Always read the small print of the privacy policy - ideally a good privacy policy tells you what the addresses are being used for, and who is accessing them. Also, read the small print and see if your address will be passed on to others.

Keeping these little things in mind will go a long way in preventing your identity theft and protecting your email address.