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Temporary email addresses [Apr. 7th, 2009|11:52 pm]
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ISPs are now keeping records of everyone you email (if you live in the EU)

Not the contents of the mail yet - so perhaps it's not quite time to break out the PGP ubiquitously (and it's not a lot of use if you only use it for suspicious things, so it's pretty well got to be all or nothing). But what if you wanted to make your email flist just a little bit harder to automatically snoop and mine?

Well, it seems to me that the answer is in randomly generated throwaway webmail accounts. Swap contact details with a person (using the same system) for the first time - this involves picking and registering a new webmail address.

Each time you email them (or they, you), pick a new randomly generated address for both of you, and include the username and password of their new throwaway address in the email.1

With a bit of standard markup for including the new throwaway address and password in the email, this should be relatively easy to automate... Though it might involve typing a couple of capchas when you send a mail.

Anyone fancy starting on a mutt or sup plugin? Some kind of uber-greasemonkey script might do something cool too.... Bonus points if you can make it work nicely with your threading engine of choice ;)


1 Of course, if only suspicious people use it, and if the syntax for describing a new address is easy to mine for, then we're back where we started. So we may have to present a new randomly generated presentation syntax in each email too. But that's doable :) Especially if you do it in the middle of a markov chain generated signature, where it won't get on anyone's nerves,
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[User Picture]From: johnckirk
2009-04-08 01:40 am (UTC)

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Hmm, I think we may need a bit more technical detail on this one. For instance, suppose that I send email to someone using my GMail account: how will my ISP know about that? Are Google affected by this legislation, if their servers are outside the EU? So, you may not need to use throwaway webmail accounts, if your main account is permanently based elsewhere.

Personally, I run my own mailserver at home, so I connect directly to the mailservers at other organisations (rather than using my ISP's mailserver). Are they expected to log all traffic on port 25?

I'm guessing that the ISPs just need to keep a copy of their own mailserver logs, so this won't affect me at all.
[User Picture]From: elvum
2009-04-08 08:44 am (UTC)

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What's the legal definition of email? :-)
From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-08 10:30 pm (UTC)

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Maybe you want mailinator.com?