There are loads of good reasons why you might want to require an address, and confirm it, when someone is signing up for your WIFI service.
However, one of them is NEVER ‘so we can send you unwanted spam’. Like this one :
I encountered this silly approach to ’growing a marketing list’ at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco recently, and since I figured the sign-up might be tied to my room, and disallow repeat attempts, I gave them a real address. As it turned out, I could have entered FredFlinstone@bedrock.com since they didn’t actually confirm the address …
So what has the Westin accomplished? They are forcing people to give the a ton of bad addresses, most of which will bounce, the rest of which will complain about any mail being send to them as spam, and rightly so.
What a dumb policy. I told the conference organizers about this, so they could take it up with management. We’ll see what happens next year, same time, same place.
Speaking as a Canadian, Sochi was pretty nice. However, in terms of cybercrime, NBC recently published a report which sums it up pretty well :
The following clip is from a remarkable documentary called ‘Thieves by Law’ about the Russia organized crime syndicates and their relationship with the Russian government, which is pretty stunning in its assertions.
For her Christmas present to her readers, Times columnist Gail Collins wrote an Ode to Spam.
I would like to take time now to thank everyone who sent me holiday messages via the Internet: The wishes of good cheer, the reports of family achievements in the year past, and the multiple requests for my email or bank password. ...
May 2005 Stopping Spam: Creating a Stronger, Safer Internet Task Force on Spam
May 2005 Recommended Best Practices for Email Marketing Task Force on Spam
December 15, 2010 An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act
(Canada's Anti-Spam law / CASL)
June 30, 2011 Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-400
August 20, 2012 Enforcement Agencies Roles and Responsibilities
October 10, 2102 Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-548
October 10, 2102 Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-549
December 04, 2013 Order (Industry Canada) 81000-2-1795 (SI/TR)
December 04, 2013 Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (Industry Canada)
December 04, 2013 Explanatory Note (Industry Canada)
December 04, 2103 CASL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Industry Canada
CAUCE Director Shaun Brown, of nNovation Barristers & Solicitors LLP CASL Compliance Readiness Documents: