Friday, March 18, 2005


ActivePDF sold my e-mail address to spammers

Like everyone else I hate spam with a passion. I manage to keep the spam level reasonably low as I use a different email alias for each subscription, forum, etc. When a company sells my address to a spammer I know who the bastards were and I just delete all mails to the spammed alias.

In this case the bastards are ActivePDF as they sold my e-mail address:

Your privacy policy ( clearly states:
Once you register, or otherwise provide activePDF with your personal information, will not share that information with third parties without your permission.

How do you explain that I receive SPAM mail to the e-mail address I registered at your site ( As you can tell from the e-mail address, I use a unique address for each company I deal with so I can recognize who sells it to spammers for profit.

The latest spam mail was sent from "" with the title "Complimentary Subscription to eWEEK".

Please make sure that my address is removed from the list of the spammers you sold it to.

Thank you,


  1. I personally will investigate why your email has been used in such a manner. activePDF does not, nor has it ever, "sold" email addresses to 3rd parties.

    Tim Sullivan


    activePDF, Inc.

  2. Glad to hear that.

    I will hide this post for 1 week while you look into the issue.