Email Portability Approved by Knesset Committee

Steven Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Mon Feb 22 10:25:19 CST 2010


On Feb 22, 2010, at 11:24 AM, Robert Brockway wrote:

> On Mon, 22 Feb 2010, James Jones wrote:
> 
>> Why does this seem like a really bad idea?
> 
> While I think the principal is noble there are operational problems:
> 
> 1) Large and increasing quantity of email will be forwarded between Israeli ISPs, loading their networks with traffic that could have been avoided.
> 
> 2) Every time someone changes ISP and wants to continue using this address they will need to notify their original ISP, who they may not have had a business relationship with for many years.  This will be a significant operational challenge I expect.  How do you confirm the person notifying you is the real owner of the address, for example?
> 
> IMHO it would have been better to require the ISPs to forward the email for a reasonable period of time (say 3 months) to allow the user to make relevant notifications (or just stop using an ISP bound email address).
> 
> Unfortunately the links cited are in Hebrew so I'm only going on Gadi's report here.
> 

Bring back the MB or MR DNS records?  (Only half a smiley.)


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