The Internet is a powerful tool, and it can be used for many good purposes. Unfortunately, it can also be abused. One of the most annoying and costly abuses of the Internet is unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE or "spam").
Every attempt has been made on this site to prevent spammers from acquiring e-mail addresses from the Alumni E-mail List using "harvesters", programs that prowl the web, automatically gathering e-mail addresses for the purpose of sending spam.
You can also rest assured that your personal information, including your name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number, will never be sold or given to any organization for marketing purposes.
However, there is currently nothing to keep spammers from entering the site and manually extracting e-mail addresses, one by one. Very few spammers would do this, because it takes too much time and isn't cost-effective.
If you ever receive spam that you think originated from the Alumni E-mail List, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will make every attempt to contact the spammer and the webmaster of the sending site to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
If spam becomes such a problem that alumni feel uncomfortable posting their information on the list, then I will implement password protection so that only authorized alumni will be able to view the list. I hope that won't become necessary, though, since it adds a lot of administrative overhead to the maintenance of the site, and makes it less convenient for users.
For more information about UCE ("spam") and how it can be eliminated, visit www.cauce.org, and spam.abuse.net.