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It may seem rather formal and over the top for me to have an e-mail policy, but I have
noticed how people use e-mail. Generally, this is without thinking of the
implications of what they do, or the wants or needs of the person whose e-mail address is
being used. There is a specific problem regarding attached files, as people tend to
believe that because they have a certain piece of software, everyone else in the world can
read the files they produce.
Most e-mail addresses belong to individuals, and should be treated with appropriate
respect. Under the UK Data Protection Act, an e-mail address that identifies an individual
is personal data, and must not be passed on to third parties without the permission of the
What I will do
- I will respect each e-mail address I receive as the personal address of the owner.
- I will not include an e-mail address in a global or bulk mailing without first obtaining
the consent of the owner.
- Note, however, that some of the web-based games
I run require you to agree to this as a condition of joining the game. This includes Acquire, Puerto
Rico, Ra and Sopwith. As people are asked to abide by the rules
of these games when they sign up, I feel comfortable assuming that they have read about
the use of group mailings and thereby agree to their use. These mailings are limited to
the other players in the games.
- I will not publish an e-mail address on this web site, or anywhere else, without first
obtaining the consent of the owner.
- I will not send large e-mail attachments (say 100k or higher) without first obtaining
the consent of the recipient. I will not send attachments in a proprietary format of any
size without first obtaining consent. A proprietary format is one that belongs to a
specific software supplier, e.g. Microsoft, Corel, Lotus, etc.
What I would like you to do
- Treat my e-mail address in the same manner that I will treat yours, as above.
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