DC Web Women does not and never will sell, rent, or donate our list subscribers’ information to anyone for any purpose.
What about the DCWW lists?
Hundreds of emails are posted to the DCWW lists daily. While the list guidelines state that email should not be forwarded off the list without permission (with the express exception of the résumé posting), once an email leaves your computer, you no longer have any control over where it ends up, who might use it for various nefarious purposes, etc. While DCWW does what it can to discourage email harvesting and spam, once an email leaves the list, we unfortunately have no control over how the information is used.
What about the archives?
While we try to keep the indexing robots at bay, not all search engines pay attention to that, and some follow links that other pages have. We are able to strip out email addresses in the headers, but not any that are included in the body of an email. The best option would be to have a password-protected archive, but that brings up issues of verifying who is a member, assigning passwords, etc. And none of that can guarantee that unscrupulous individuals won’t use the information for their personal gain.
What can I do to keep my information private?
It’s definitely an uphill battle these days. Remember that spam bots scour web sites (such as our archives) looking for valid email addresses. If you’re concerned, don’t post personal information to the list. If you are concerned about privacy or spam, you can get a free email address from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or another provider that you can use exclusively for DCWW mail.
If you you receive any spam, do not respond to the whole mailing list. Forward the spam to the DCWW List Moderators to take care of. Also, don’t ever respond to spam. Telling the sender to “take me off your list” only confirms that the spam actually has reached a valid email address.
One thing DCWW members can do to reduce spam on our lists is to follow the List Guidelines and not forward email off the list without permission. In addition, strip out the footers of forwarded email. DCWW thanks all of its members for helping us decrease the volume of spam on the lists.
If you have any questions regarding your privacy, please contact us.