[Mimedefang] GMail (was Re: stripping Received headers based on authentication)

David F. Skoll dfs at roaringpenguin.com
Wed Feb 17 20:45:29 EST 2010

Jan-Pieter Cornet wrote:


> I'm sure the information on the submitting IP isn't lost (hah, google
> and deleting data??!), it's just not publicly available. Google will
> surely dish up the info if they get abuse complaints. (... or a visit
> from the feds. Or a request from a big law firm. Or a request from any
> law enforcement agency anywhere on earth. Even from China or Pakistan.)

Yes, I might buy that argument if Google weren't a free email provider.
But it is; spambots can (and do) break CAPTCHAs of free email providers
and routinely use them to send spam.  And although Google may be pretty
good at stopping spam, it's not perfect.  I want the originating IP
address so I can use it in my decision-making process.

xs4all provides services to paying customers, so you at least have
some idea of the end-user's identity.  Google has none at all.

-- David.

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