[Users] Real privacy issues [was: Re: CM "Privacy Issue" discussion - Where am I?]

Pierre Fortin pf at pfortin.com
Tue Jan 31 16:10:18 CET 2012

On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:23:19 +0100 alb348 at gmail.com wrote:

['nuf of the IP-only issue...   and I'm not trying to restart this thread;
just read the following and be warned...  BTW, my previous suggestion for
reading your mail from a fixed location via ssh/putty also solves part of
the following.]

>They would not 
>even be aware of the threats, let alone knowing how to deal with them .

Are you even aware that there are now workarounds being employed to
record if/when you opened an email *without* resorting to Receipts?

For some time now, I've been seeing emails requiring the recipient to view
it in HTML mode which then triggers a response[1] to the sender --  so
much for our privacy now...  infusionsoft.com/infusionmail.com is
notorious for this.

[1] This can include:
    Time read
    Client used
    IP address used (up to local NAT router or proxy)
    Any other information that can be gathered through carefully crafted
    HTML code.

Unless the email system is completely redesigned (good luck with that),
we're subject to ever-eroding privacy...


PS  I have been avoiding this auto-receipt by taking CM offline before
reading such a message...  It's funny hearing back that they think I've
not read their messages...  LOL    Of course, it's only a matter of time
before they figure that out...

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