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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Gmail Program Policies

Hm. This is new. Gmail Program Policies has added this prohibited action: "Sell, trade, resell or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or transfer any Gmail account"

Guess they don't like the eBay auctions of Gmail accounts.

Here's another prohibited action that I hadn't noticed before. Under the heading Generate or facilitate unsolicited commercial email ("spam") is the following prohibited action: "selling, exchanging or distributing to a third party the email addresses of any person without such person's knowing and continued consent to such disclosure."

Sure, sure, sure. The prohibition is listed as part of the spamming prohibition, but could it also cover sending Sergey's e-address to someone who wanted to contact him?

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