This is a disclaimer, and also a personal statement, aimed at reassuring those who are worried about Internet security.
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I personally mistrust any Web site that wants my e-mail address unless I can clearly see what it is going to do with it. Spam and viruses are rapidly becoming the scourge of the twenty-first century, and I fully support all (legal) initiatives to eliminate them.
So I’d like to assure you of two things:
- Firstly, the e-mail addresses you might give to the Tagora site are relatively safe. They are not stored on a public Web site, but in a password-protected database rented from the Tagora service provider, currently located in the UK. They cannot be found by the automatic “spiders” that crawl the Web.
- Secondly, I fully respect the principles behind recommendations made by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and legislation of the European Union and national governments aimed at the protection of personal data. I promise to do all in my power to prevent your e-mail address being misused. I hate spammers as much as you probably do (if you’ve read this far).
That being said, I can’t guarantee anything. The abusers have a lot more know-how and resources than I do. But I can offer one thing to those of you who have doubts: tagora.eu has a lot of spare e-mail addresses, which I can offer free of charge – and with no adverts – to anyone who has serious concerns. Get me to set up an address like firstname.lastname@example.org (I wonder how long that will take to get spammed), accessible via POP3, IMAP or Webmail, and if it gets on the spam lists, simply get rid of it.
Just let me know: e-mail the Webmaster via the form on the Contacts page.
David Crowe, Tagora chairman, August 2012