POTUS vs Retailers Email Unsub Report – Who’s Naughty, Who’s Nice?

TL;DR: Retailers kick POTUS campaigners butts… check out the report for details! Today, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released the 2015 OTA Email Unsubscribe Audit, analyzing which leading e-commerce sites are enabling consumers to easily opt out of email. 75 percent of the top 200 online retailers moved beyond compliance, demonstrating a commitment…

Email Trust – OTA Unsub Best Practices Audit

Has it really been 10 full years since the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act of 2003t took effect?  Yes, and then some… The CAN-SPAM Act in the United States takes some heat on the international stage – as an “opt-out” law, it’s considered akin to “best practices” more so than “high standards” for…

Yahoo! Mail Under Wiretapping Fire

Wendy Davis of Mediapost reported last week that Yahoo is also now being sued for scanning emails to target ads to their users. This comes on the heels of Gmail – also managing a class action suit in progress for essentially the same issue. Privacology.com Contributor Ben Isaacson recently discussed the latest…

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Yahoo! Recycled Email Exposes User Data

A few months ago when Yahoo! announced plans to “recycle” email addresses which had seemingly been long abandoned, some people rejoiced and others cringed. Rejoicers included those who saw the opportunity to grab a unique “whatever@yahoo.com” email address – maybe something very distinct or identifying to them personally, like “bob.smith”,…

Google Says It Can Read Users Email

That’s a bit of a salacious headline – but it cuts to the chase. Google has been responding to a class action lawsuit, filed in May, asserting that they “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” – and that such action would violate at least…

Prank Call to NSA

A little tongue-in-cheek moment on the heels of this summer’s revelations about the National Security Agency here in the United States having access to citizens data through service providers and other means. This guy accidentally deleted an email from his Gmail account – “hey NSA, can you help me get…

Who Hasn’t Been Hacked?

It happens to us all – regardless of our level of savviness when it comes to online security and privacy. Even to CEO’s of security firms like Clay Johnson, CEO and Chairman of the Board for IONU Security. In his post, My Personal Email Got Hacked!, Clay relates an all-too-common…