Too much information. In my email inbox. That belongs to other people.
February 28, 2014 10:42 PM Subscribe
About ten years ago I signed up for gmail very early during beta when people were selling invites for up to 3 and 4 figures and lucked out on a very early, short email address. (See profile.)
And it's not cool. Not only do I get a lot of spam but I get a lot of misdirected email. I've seen receipts, bank statements, tax returns, boobies, dozens or hundreds of pictures of different families, newborns, weddings, new cars, old cars, flight reservations, money wire recepits.
And this isn't good, and I wonder about my liability, and I wonder about these known brands or services that don't include a button for "This is not my account or data." or any email validation step at all.
And I tend to reply to obvious personal accounts where helpful, delete the transient sensitive data, and try to report the more permanent accounts.
I am concerned about a number of things. Legal, tax and judicial liability for these erroneously logged and addressed private data, along with 10+ years of my life.
But there seem to be at least one or two or a few people who are consistently fatfingering my address with theirs, and it seems to be a gmail alias problem as well, with the g.mail (leaving that typo!) alias system where you insert a period in your "firstname.lastname@example.org" string.
I've almost managed to trace one user, and I wish I could figure out how to contact them to help stop it from happening.
I also apparently have facebook aliases in about a dozen different countries or service zones or something, even though the only time I've willingly signed up for facebook with this email was to try to turn it off, but don't think anyone can do anything about that at this point without a small army or thermonuclear weapons.
I'm mainly concerned about the permanent data, the alias weirdness, being conflated with finances that aren't mine for a variety of valid reasons. I could be compellled to reveal my private email archives in any number of adversarial or financial situations.
How do I mitigate this?
And is there anyone reading that is or knows someone higher up at gmail support? I'm also concerned about what may be a bug in their alias system.
(Pardon any typos, terseness. Thumbyping on an android g1/mytouch keyboard.)