I gave my email address to the Internet Standard because I knew their code of ethics regarding email addresses, plus I wanted to go to one of their parties (never did, sigh)
When the Standard folded, their parent started sending me Fortune, which has given me a rather weird insight into a certain managerial mindset. I haven’t minded it, beyond being perplexed and occasionally alarmed (I read pretty much everything that crosses my threshhold)
Now the mail begins.
We may, from time to time, contact you with offers for Time Inc. products and services which we think may be of interest to you. If you would prefer us not to contact you in this manner, and you did not previously indicate this preference, please let us know by sending us an e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Additionally, from time to time we may provide your e-mail address to carefully chosen companies whose offers we think may be of interest to you. If you would prefer us not use your e-mail address in this manner, and you did not previously indicate this preference, please let us know by e-mailing us at <email@example.com>.
I will point out that the Standard had guarenteed in writing on their website that they would never give my email to anyone. But in times of firesales…
Anyhow, I smell a lawsuit. Or maybe it’s just all this dirty laundry….