Reporting Little Blue Men

Michael Dillon michael at
Thu Jan 22 02:59:52 UTC 1998

On Wed, 21 Jan 1998, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:

> I agree with almost everything you said, but there is one point I question.
>  It is my understanding that I have an absolute right to block mail
> espousing causes I disagree with on my private property (e.g. my mail
> server).  I am not the government, you have no "First Amendment" rights
> with me.  Of course, IANAL, so I could be wrong.

Read the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act also known as the ECPA
before messing around with email. You do have some obligations to your
customers by running a mail server and it is important that your NOC staff
is aware of what they can and cannot do. The ECPA is posted in several
places on the web and is not that long so it is worth reading it yourself.

Michael Dillon                   -               Internet & ISP Consulting             -               E-mail: michael at

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