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Privacy Recovery with Disposable Email Addresses
November-December 2003 (vol. 1 no. 6)
pp. 35-39
Jean-Marc Seigneur, Trinity College Dublin
Christian Damsgaard Jensen, Technical University of Denmark

Solutions for privacy protection exhibit five role categories: prevention, detection, awareness, response, and recovery. Few recovery tools are available, though, especially for private data linked to permanent real-world facts (such as a user's birthday). Generally, once private data is revealed, second use cannot be controlled. In the case of email addresses, we argue that recovery-like tools do exist: Disposable Email Addresses (DEAs) can be closed when they are compromised by spam, because there is generally no requirement for email address to become permanent private data. In this article, we investigate the use and cost-benefit of DEAs as a mechanism for privacy recovery.

Index Terms:
Privacy recovery, disposable email address, spam, cost-benefit of privacy protection
Jean-Marc Seigneur, Christian Damsgaard Jensen, "Privacy Recovery with Disposable Email Addresses," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 35-39, Nov.-Dec. 2003, doi:10.1109/MSECP.2003.1253566
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