"Real" Privacy

t byfield tbyfield at panix.com
Fri Nov 19 23:26:27 PST 1999

> Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 12:17:16 -0600 (CST)
> From: jf noonan <jfn1 at msc.com>

> These people are scum. They have what is rumored to be the
> largest e-address database in the world (53M last time I saw a
> count) and they use it to spam you to death, even if you check
> the box saying you don't want mail from them. They are in my
> site-wide database of spammers here now so no mail is accepted
> from any address on their network.

a short explanation at <http://www.tbtf.com/blog/1999-10-31.html#2>.

it's an excellent example of why it's prudent to:

- provide bogus info when you 'register' 'free' software

- set your browser to reject cookies, and, if some sites

(like the NYT) truly require them, delete the cookie

file on a very regular basis. many cookies set by site

A are accessible from sites B, C, and so on. if you buy

anything online, delete your cookie ASAP, since CC info

can be correlated with cookie info recording your usage


- periodically delete (including all associated files) and

reinstall any software that refers to a centralized server,

like RealWhatever.

in the absence of clear business models, a lot of dot-coms are speculating that the data they can amass on specific udage pat- terns is a 'micro-targeted' data-mining goldmine.

> Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 13:25:10 -0500
> From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com>

> Weren't the Real people some sort of political "progressives," at
> least at some time, by some definition?

they donated services and cash to radio B92. and, it seems, amassed a very rigorous database of everyone who listened to it.

cheers, t

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