[LINK] govt misuse of personal information [was: Draft NSW ICT strategic framework]
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Sat Nov 26 08:12:12 AEDT 2011
At 03:07 AM 26/11/2011, Scott Howard wrote:
>They don't seem
>to understand the problem that they gave what may be a personal
>address to a 3rd party and that they are tracking behaviour.
>They are tracking behavior, on behalf of the sender, no doubt with a
>very good contract/NDA in place. I suspect it's not a matter of
>them not being able to "understand the problem", but much more them
>not believing there's a problem to begin with - and I for one would
>have to agree with them.
That's fine. You're allowed. :-)
What I found poor practice was not telling the reader this was
happening so they could:
1. Opt out
2. Use a direct link to get to the information instead of relying on
the pass-through via the delivery service. I do not want to be
tracked, by anyone. You can't say that Australia Post or local
courier service has that ability, surely?
Given the length of the actual footers that came with these mailouts,
why not add a line that says, this email is coming to you via xxx
distribution service? When I get a letter at home, I know it has come
via the post office and as far as I know, they aren't doing anything
with the address on the envelope.
Why not put the direct link instead of embedding a line of HTML code
that is not for that item at all? By hiding it, I don't know where
I'm going to be taken. I don't know if it's even the real location.
Haven't we been told that if you can't see the domain for say a bank,
you should type it in yourself so you know the location is legitimate?
No, I don't buy the spam reduction argument at all.
"and reducing the incidence of such newsletters being caught by users
anti-spam software." - huh? You would have to explain a lot more for
me to understand that argument.
"after all, the courier company will probably ask for a signature
from the recipient, and who knows what they could do with that
information!" - That's called registered mail, and isn't used as a
blanket delivery method. I did balk at handing over my drivers
licence to a postal worker a couple weeks ago and watch her copy down
my number, but I had no choice. Just showing it to her wasn't enough
to satisfy her that it was me, either.
"a core competency of any part of the government," - Gee, that could
fit almost every activity in a government department! (almost
kidding, but just almost)
All I wanted was transparency so I could make up my own mind
if wanted my click through tracked. Now it's only the thousands of
newsletter receivers who don't pay attention when they hover over the
Expediency for the sender isn't enough of a justification.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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