This month in email: September 2013

Looking back through the month of September there were a couple things talked about on the blog.

Legal cases discussed

I wrote quite a bit about the Google wiretapping case. In this potential class action suit, a number of plaintiffs are suing Google for intercepting emails in violation of the federal wiretapping statutes and state wiretapping laws. On September 5th I attended a hearing on Google’s motion to dismiss in San Jose. The judge issued her ruling on September 26, allowing the case to move forward on most counts. I did a post on the federal claims and some of the judge’s reasons for allowing the case to go forward.

In other court cases, Al guest blogged about Spamarrest losing in court.

I also discussed two instances of companies looking for patent infringers in the email space.

ISP specific issues

The big issue in September was Yahoo releasing recycled addresses. The addresses were handed over at the end of August, but by mid-September we started hearing stories of personal information leaking to the wrong people. Yahoo started scrambling to cope with the problem.

Industry and technical commentary

I did a post about ISP relationships and how who you know is becoming less and less important for email delivery. I also looked at “the volume question” and discussed how volume can affect email delivery. Finally, Steve talked about tips and techniques for analyzing email on the fly without dropping everything into a database.


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