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Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:55:47 -0700
To: (Recipient list suppressed)
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLF: A Free Gift -- recipe for email privacy

Dear Friends,

We have developed a very simple method of
improving electronic privacy on the Internet.

If you should receive an email message which
displays a list of email addresses in the "Cc:"
field, please consider a "blind" reply, using the
boilerplate text which we have supplied below,
to all senders of such messages.

Eudora Pro is an example of modern email software 
which supports "blind" copies -- all recipients
see a message like this, on their "To:" line:

    To: (Recipient list suppressed)

We reply to the senders with the "blind" copy
option, as well, so that these senders can
see exactly how it works.  Of course, they may
not have software with this capability.  We want
to encourage them to upgrade, or switch, to 
software which does support transmission of
such "blind" copies, like Eudora Pro, available
at URL:


The exact sequence which we use is as follows:

1.  identify a message with private addresses
    in the "Cc:" field;

2.  use the "Forward" function, to reply;

3.  cut and paste the sender's email address
    into the "Bcc:" (blind copy) field;

4.  merge the boilerplate text below,
    at the start of your reply message;

5.  leave the offending "Cc:" line in your reply,
    but cut away all other extraneous text;

6.  send this forwarded message back to the sender,
    preferably with the "low priority" flag set ON;

7.  optionally, add your own email address in the
    Bcc: field, to "echo back" your message.

There is no copyright on the boilerplate text
which follows below.  We would only ask that, 
if you should make any changes, that you assume 
all responsiblity for those changes.  This means
supporting people -- by answering any questions
they may have, as a service to the entire Internet

Thanks very much for helping improve electronic
privacy on the Internet.

/s/ Paul Mitchell
Counselor at Law

[begin boilerplate:  please cut and paste]

Dear Friend,

With this message, we are launching a voluntary
program to improve privacy on the Internet, and
reduce the quantity of unwanted email which we
all receive.  We are staunch advocates of
self-government -- the best form of government!

We have decided to focus this effort on the
frequent use of email lists which are visible
to the recipient.  In Eudora Pro, this is done
by pasting a list of email addresses into the "Cc:"
field of a message.  See example(s) below.

Eudora Pro, like other modern email programs,
also has a blind copy feature, which is found 
in the "Bcc:" field instead.  This feature has
the result of suppressing the entire list, 
instead of displaying it to the recipient.
We used this feature to send this message to you.

Our voluntary effort now is to encourage people
like yourself to switch to blind copies, if and
when you decide to broadcast any message to 
a list of recipients.

As part of this program, we are also recommending
that list server software be modified, so that
the sender's email address is NOT displayed in
messages which are distributed to everyone on
any given email list.  This feature of list servers
would be the "default," which could be changed
by the user, but ONLY by the user.

If you have received what you might regard as
"unwanted" email from us recently, it is most
likely because your email address (and name)
were sent to us in a "Cc:" field.  

Please consider switching to blind copies, 
and pass this message along to your contacts 
who are adding your email address to their "Cc:" 
fields as well.

Thanks very much!

/s/ Paul Mitchell
Counselor at Law 

p.s.  Privacy is a fundamental Right.
See the Privacy Act for authority.

[end boilerplate]


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