Is there a blacklist of websites that sell or share your email address?

rob1951 July 23, 2011
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I accidentally signed up to an apparently respectable website using my “secret” email address – the one I only usually share with a very few people I trust. Within a couple of days the spam started.

I just wondered if there’s a blacklist of websites where this appears to be a problem.

  1. Cme5871
    November 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks Aibek!

  2. Elizabeth Laime
    September 16, 2011 at 2:33 am
  3. Cme5871
    September 15, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Can you guys post best websites to sell electronics, and books.

    • Aibek
      September 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Sure, we'll propose the idea to authors. Meanwhile, why don't you post this as a question on MakeUseOf Answers. http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

  4. Smayonak
    July 25, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Google has an easy method to monitor whether or not a company is surreptitiously selling your e-mail to third parties. However, this method requires use of a Gmail account.

    Gmail allows you to receive e-mail addressed to any variation of your e-mail address following a plus sign following your user name. So it would look like this: youremailaddress+anytextyouwant@gmail.com. To recap, if your e-mail address was "ICEMAN@GMAIL.COM" and you wanted to track e-mail from Amazon.com, you would change your e-mail address with Amazon to ICEMAN+AMAZON@GMAIL.COM 
    .COM. The text following your address is intended to tell you where an incoming message originated. If Amazon were selling your address to third parties, you would see the +AMAZON in the addressed to field.

    Unfortunately, some companies do not recognize + as a valid character, for extremely suspicious reasons. Also, your log in will change - which in some ways gives you more protection against identity theft.

  5. Mike
    July 24, 2011 at 1:28 am

    There is no real blacklist of sites doing so but you could try WOT (Web of Trust) to see the reputation for a site.
    http://www.mywot.com/

    I think the biggest problem is that a lot of sites you sign up to put some tricky phrases within the agreement you accept which basically say "we will share your information only with our partners ~no guarantee who they sell them to".

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