In December of 2003 I bought a gift magazine subscription for a friend
through netmagazines.com. Expecting the worst, I used a unique
one-time email address generated explicitly for that transaction. I
have not received anything through that account over the past two
years other than the renewal notice and similar magazine offers. I expect these
> We do not distribute, sell, or rent your name or personal information to any third party, and will never do so without your permission. This includes any e-mail addresses or mailing addresses that you provide. When you place an order, your mailing address is only transmitted to the publisher or respective fulfillment house for the publication.
> From time to time, we will send updates about NetMagazines.com, such as special offers, updates or new titles. At time any time, you may express your desire not to receive these mailings, either by sending us e-mail or following the remove instructions included in every mailing we send.
However, I noticed that starting on July 1, 2005, I had spam for that
single use account. I can suggest several possibilities that might explain this:
I do not suggest that netmagazines.com or NetVision Associates,
Inc. is itself engaging in spamming or supporting spammers and I have no idea how
my email address came to be used by spammers.
However, given that even [United Airlines](http://www.lonsteins.com/archives/2004/01/30/united-airlines-sells-lists-to-spammers/) failed to protect a similar unique one-time email address,
I am unsurprised that a smaller organization also failed to protect
an email address from abuse.