Or, at least, companies such as Autobenalbox, some chap who sells second hand cars in Albox and who advertises on that forum, have had access to their private forum members details to send them intrusive emails.Would you buy a second hand car off someone with that sort of business practice?
Easy enough to prove, as I personally signed up to this forum using a unique email address, which was the one used in all the spam I’ve received so far from them.
Just to be even more annoying, this company has promised a financial incentive to whoever resends their crummy message the most. So far, I’ve received two copies of this spam message, both sent by the same elderly senile old lady. Right, so they’re really going to give you that bottle of wine or 5€ or whatever it was they promised, and now you’ve gone and annoyed everyone on your address book, twice.
Quite a few people appear to be up in arms about this – the forums response so far is to delete any messages they can’t reply to, and make some nasty comments to others. Certainly they deleted a couple of postings from me with no explanation.
Unsurprisingly, all this seems to have happened after they kicked out the old forum admins and put in a bunch of new, anonymous admins. Obviously, someone somewhere was sick of not making money from the forum.
Their only public comments so far has been to say “We are sorry that members have been receiving unsolicited emails. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening. We advised members a few weeks ago to remove their email address from public view if they did not want advertisers from this forum or anywhere else to contact them. ”
Irrespective of all this, if they are collecting people’s email addresses then it’s up to them to keep them safe and ensure they don’t get out. It’s not up to “members” to optout, it’s up to the forum to keep these details safe. Where is it written? The La Ley Orgánica 15/1999 de 13 de diciembre de Protección de Datos de Carácter Personal, (known as the LOPD) which regulates how personal information needs to be treated.
Frankly, I’m disgusted, but not surprised.
Still, what really annoyed me was A) the forums response to the complaints and B) the annoying repetitiveness of the message that this company is promoting.
Later: Just received an email informing me that I’ve been banned from their forums. Hey ho.
Later still: A strong denial from them -albeit unsigned- that any monies ever changed hands, and saying that all the responsibility lies with Auto whoever they are. Either way, I’m annoyed, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and withdraw my claim that they sold my personal details to a third party. Still undeniable that my email was gathered off their site, tho’.