[Users] [Bug 2975] New: Implement setting -0000 timezone to hide sender localtime

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Sun Jul 14 18:46:53 CEST 2013


            Bug ID: 2975
           Summary: Implement setting -0000 timezone to hide sender
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: Claws Mail
           Version: 3.9.1
          Hardware: PC
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: Other
          Assignee: users at lists.claws-mail.org
          Reporter: LoseDanger at mailinator.com

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5322#section-3.3 specifically allows setting the
-0000 offset for the timezone on a sent message to hide the localtime of the

Implementing a (hidden) preference to set this timezone would help preserve the
(locational) privacy of sender when emails are sent e.g. over Tor.

No information required for proper delivery of email is lost, given that the
email still retains a proper UTC timestamp.

For users in the United States, the date-time header is part of the metadata
retained by the NSA, therefore keeping this metadata to a minimum is good for
personal privacy (along with PGP encrypted mail).

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