A Really Bad Idea: Register Your Child’s Email Address with the Michigan or Utah Email Child Protection Registery

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As stupid ideas go, this one is a doozy: people have long said that one of the downsides of a Do Not Email Registry is that it would be such an attractive target for spammers.

Well how about this one: the states of Michigan and Utah just enacted law to create a “children’s protection registry”. Parents can register their children’s email addresses, celphone numbers, and pager numbers, and the concept is that it will be illegal for a business to contact any of the email addresses or telephone numbers listed therein.

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A Really Bad Idea:  Register Your Child’s Email Address with the Michigan or Utah Email Child Protection Registery

Most especially it will be illegal for email marketers to send information or links to material which is illegal to market to minors.

Talk about an attractive target! Anybody want to hazard a guess as to how many minutes it will be before it is stolen, and how much it will bring on the open market?

  
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A Really Bad Idea:  Register Your Child’s Email Address with the Michigan or Utah Email Child Protection Registery

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2 Replies to “A Really Bad Idea: Register Your Child’s Email Address with the Michigan or Utah Email Child Protection Registery”

  1. Mark Jacobs wrote:

    “Either the author of this article does not understand technology or hasn’t even taken the time to RTFFAQ (Read The FINE FAQ)… Only a “one-way hash? of the email address is stored in the database. (see The email address itself is not store. If you don’t understand how a one-way hash works then pick up a copy of Bruce Schneier’s “Applied Cryptography? and take the time to educate yourself.”

    Either the author of this comment does not understand the Gregorian calendar or hasn’t even taken the time to RTFD (Read The FINE Date) that this article was posted. It was posted more than a year ago, before there *was* a FFAQ, and well before they had any idea how they were going to serve up the registries.

    If you don’t understand how basic reading comprehension works then pick up a copy of any Kaplan’s SAT review and take time to educate yourself.

    Remember, reading comprehension is your friend. On second thought, apparently not.

    Kissy kissy,

    Aunty Spam

  2. Either the author of this article does not understand technology or hasn’t even taken the time to RTFFAQ (Read The FINE FAQ)… Only a “one-way hash” of the email address is stored in the database. (see The email address itself is not store. If you don’t understand how a one-way hash works then pick up a copy of Bruce Schneier’s “Applied Cryptography” and take the time to educate yourself.

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