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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
08/29/04: Privacy policy

Tech Support Pits:
From Rod=== Dear Webby, I have read some privacy policies and understand what they say. I am wondering though, how binding are they ? Rod Dear Rod Posting a privacy policy and not honoring it is fraud and false advertising, and unlike going against the mushy spam laws, that has serious legal consequences. In addition to that, all the blacklists would instantly jump on a company with a fake privacy policy, and permanently blacklist it. Not honoring a privacy policy would be commercial suicide. If you are in doubt about a company, make a disposable address and test it. Let's say that for example you mistrust the Cumuli Ezine-finder people. Make an address like or Set that address to forward to your regular address. If it gets spam, you can just kill that address or the forwarding. Then use that address for voting. If you EVER get any spam to that address, then they have broken the law and you can get the courts to throw the book at them. By the way, I have tested Cumuli, and so have some friends. Cumuli is clean and obeys the law. You can quite safely register with them and then vote with a single click. Have FUN Dear Webby
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