February 04, 2003

Mail-blocking and UK Members Of Parliament

I spent some time today digging into the story of UK Members Of Parliament having their mail blocked by a spam-scanning program, i.e.:
BBC News: E-mail vetting blocks MPs' sex debate

I found some original-source information the following UK Parliament site:

By the way, the bounces look like this:

From: email.abuse.m33@parliament.uk
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 16:11:09 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: RE:What is the mail system in use in Parliament?

Message subject: What is the mail system in use in Parliament?

This is to advise you that your email has been blocked and will be deleted by the Houses of Parliament in due course since we believe it has inappropriate content. The intended recipient has not received the email.

In the event that you believe the email has been blocked incorrectly please contact the intended recipient directly to discuss it's release.

That's very poorly designed. It looks intimidating, as if you were being chastised. And having to try to get the recipient to discuss release, sounds like bailing someone out of jail.

Just another day in the spam wars ...

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in spam | on February 04, 2003 11:48 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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