The first of the permission based web…

Posted: February 26, 2009 in other
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By permission based web, I mean companies asking you if you have permission to share another person’s contact information.  Going back to my post about “Who’s giving out your digits“, today I saw my first real example from Reuters (I’m sure there are others) of a company asking you to verify that you have permission to use that contact’s information in that way.  I went to email an article to a coworker and at the bottom of the pop up window next to the ‘send’ button it read “I confirm that I have the recipient’s consent to provide their email address for this purpose.”  I don’t see how you would ever confirm this, it’s more of an honour system, but at least it makes me stop and think about it. 

Reuters now asks if you have the permission of the contact to send them information.

Reuters now asks if you have the permission of the contact to send them information.

Have you seen any good examples of this recently?  Add them in the comments, or send me a screenshot with “permission example” in the subject line (with details on where it’s from, etc.) to and I’ll be sure to add them to this post.
  1. Mitch says:

    So, did you just give the ‘masses’ permission to email you?

  2. Wendy Peters says:

    My take on it is that by putting that specific email address out there, I’m opening myself up to anyone sending me information, whether it be about the specific examples for this post, questions, spam, etc. An invitation to send me information on a specific topic is not an invitation for the ‘masses’ to email me whatever they want. I don’t think consent is implied in this case…. although there is nothing stopping anyone from then sending me whatever it is they may want to send me. Listing my email address publicly, say on my about page, or having it available on my LinkedIn profile, etc., that would be an open invitation.

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