In the past several years, the Internet has exploded with commercial activity. The breaking down of barriers between businesses and consumers has been facilitated by the rapid development of new technology, removal of 'middlemen', and tax rates favorable to online entrepreneurship.
We at Future Tech Partner are proud to support responsible commerce on the Internet and this is clearly represented in our service offerings and unparalleled support. However, it has become apparent that the same environment that has helped this trend take off has also contributed to numerous cases of fraud and abuse of network resources.
In particular, "SPAM" has proven to be a major problem for many of our customers and the Internet at large. Spam is a common slang term referring to the sending of unsolicited email, instant messaging, or other communication to a large group of people at once. Variations on this practice include off topic (and usually promotional) messages on bulletin boards, guestbooks, Usenet newsgroups, or chat rooms.
Spam is strictly against our Terms and Conditions, and will result in the immediate disablement without refund of any customers who are found to have used spam in conjunction with their Future Tech Partner account.
The following policy dictates in specific terms what is considered acceptable use of bulk email/messaging by Future Tech Partner:
Mailing list subscriber information must include the date and time that the subscription was confirmed, as well as the IP address of the subscriber at the time of the subscription. The user must be able to present this information at Future Tech Partner's request.
Lists cannot be procured from outside parties unless the email sender has procured a list from an organization that sells or otherwise shares email distribution lists, and all of the following conditions are met:
- Records are kept of the date, time, IP address, and form location where the subscribing user signed up from.
- Lists procured from outside parties must have been consistently handled in a manner comparable to Future Tech Partner policies.
- Users cannot populate lists with addresses obtained for a substantially different purpose than was originally disclosed to the user.
- All subscriptions must be re-confirmed in the manner described in Subscriptions (Section 1) before being sent bulk email messages.
Users must not modify the headers of any message in such a way that purposefully obfuscates the origin of the message.
Undeliverable addresses must be removed from all future mailings after no more than 3 bounces.
Users are responsible for the practices of any affiliate program members they solicit the help of, as if they were hiring an outside advertising agency.
Users using either outside advertising companies or 3rd party mailing programs must abide by the same policies and practices as those using Future Tech Partner's own bulk mailing list tools.
All mailings must provide clear and simple to follow instructions for opting-out of future mailings, and all reasonable attempts must be made to facilitate the removal of a mailing list subscriber at their request.
The user is advised and acknowledges that Future Tech Partner's electronic mail service equipment is located either in California, Houston or Dallas, USA. In no event shall the user use Future Tech Partner's equipment in violation of California's, Houston's & Dallas's anti-spam laws including California Business & Professions Code sections 17538.4 and 17538.45.
Additionally, CUSTOMER agrees not to utilize the Future Tech Partner's service, equipment or email address in connection with the transmission of the same or substantially similar unsolicited message to 50 or more recipients or eight or more newsgroups in a single day. Violating this clause may result in service interruption or account cancellation.
It is strictly prohibited in conjunction with your Future Tech Partner account to sell software designed specifically to facilitate the practice of spamming.
Predominately promotional messages must not be posted to bulletin boards, discussion forums, guestbooks, Usenet newsgroups, or any other similar service unless the operator of that service explicitly allows such messages. In the case of Usenet newsgroups, such messages must be specifically allowed in that group's charter.
Future Tech Partner reserves the right to disable any account at any time should it feel there is a reasonable suspicion that it is being used in conjunction with the practice of spamming.
Customers must substantially address all spam related inquiries by Future Tech Partner personnel within 72 hours. Failure to respond within a reasonable period of time may result in permanent disablement of the user's account.
By following these guidelines and respecting the privacy of your visitors, you can gain much from the responsible practice of commerce online. Of course, should you have any questions regarding the proper way to use bulk email with your web site, please contact us for more information.