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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000611.txt from 2001/05

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Who reads our messages? ANYBODY
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 09:05:48 -0400

Fred wrote:
> Was the message sent to a private individual, or to a public forum like
> this? Can messages between individuals be tagged by a search engine, and
> if so, how would the privacy of these messages be protected?

Messages sent privately stay private - a search engine has to see the
message in order to index it, and that means that an intervening machine (a
mail relay) would have to make a public copy of it so the search engine
could deliver up a URL to it.

However, just like any public, non-encrypted mail system, private messages
can be hijacked, read, and passed on to their ultimate destination without
your knowledge. That can (does) happen with the postal mails, too.

Mark C.

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