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TWSD: Using FOIA requests for email addresses

Mickey has a good summary of what’s going on in Maine where the courts forced the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to sell the email addresses of license purchasers to a commercial company.
There isn’t permission associated with this and the commercial company has no pretense that the recipients want to receive mail from them. This is a bad idea and a bad way to get email addresses and is no better than spammers scraping addresses from every website mentioning “fishing” or “hunting.”

2 comments

  1. pgl says

    You really should explain what TWSD stands for! (I did figure it out once a while back by searching for a post where it was either explained, or first used… but I can’t remember where that is and right now can’t be arsed to go find it again.) Put it on the wiki or something?

    1. laura says

      TWSD: That’s what spammers do.
      But I can put it on the wiki, yes.

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