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Scrape Email Spam Laws

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by SEOwned, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. SEOwned

    SEOwned Regular Member

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    Does anyone know what the law is on scraping emails and then spamming them with offers?

    There is always going to be a paper trail back to you so what happens if you get caught.

    Affilates will ban me I guess? Google may punish me? My email address will become banned what about the sites linked to my email address?

    Are there any other laws or fines to worry about?
     
  2. phr0zt

    phr0zt Regular Member

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    Do you live in the US? If so I'd search "CAN-SPAM act" and read up.

    Here's one little snippet:

    "Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000, so non-compliance can be costly."

    ouch
     
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  3. SEOwned

    SEOwned Regular Member

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    I'm in the UK but not sure what the law is here sounds too risky to spam :) so whats the point in email scraping ?
     
  4. phr0zt

    phr0zt Regular Member

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    Well people who aren't in countries that care about spam can scrape and email without worrying about it, or using "bulletproof" offshore hosting to keep your identity hidden is another option.

    But if you scrape targeted emails and slowly email (can automate it to do X amount a day, instead of 1000's/hour or whatever), and follow all of the compliance rules outlined for can-spam laws (or whatever applies in the UK--such as listing your address, etc), you can still scrape and email, I believe. You just can't hammer the emails or do too many sends at a time.

    I'm no lawyer, so take what I said above with a grain of salt. If you do your due-diligence regarding research, you can find out everything you need to know when it comes to scraping targeted emails and contacting the list in a non-spammy way, and stay out of hot water.
     
  5. thejake

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    For US residents and people doing business with US entities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN-SPAM_Act_of_2003 is a fairly decent summary, relevant to harvested emails is http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/15C103.txt 15 U.S.C. 7704 (b), wikipedia's "A message cannot be sent to a harvested email address" sums it up in general.
     
  6. SEOwned

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    I'm in the UK but not sure what the law is here sounds too risky to spam :) so whats the point in email scraping ?
     
  7. Themrh

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    Business emails ? Just do it! If you have a tool that can scrape UK G results and one for yell Id pay you to scrape! As long as you have an unsubscribe or make it personal with the clients name your ok. But to be honest unless you keep spamming the same person over and over your not going to get in trouble. At the end of the day the emai laddress is in the public realm and there to be used?

    PS Dan?