e-mail forwarding rules by EU a gift to spammers?
The vast majority of people will have been happy with what the European Commission has proposed with regards to improving the level of digital connectivity - or in non marketing speak, ensuring all of us spend more time online and buy/sell/interact more online.
If you look carefully there is what at first glance should be a great help to many of the public, i.e. a new requirement on Internet Service Providers to forward e-mails free of charge for 12 months after a customer has left. That sounds great, no need to spend hours telling your friends your ISP based email address is changing, but there is a large note of caution, there are the words "notify senders about their new e-mail address".
As one of the nice things about changing email addresses is that you can notify the handful of people who you want to keep in touch with, and let the hundreds of others that are now just a source of annoying spam disappear into a black hole. The longer versions of the proposals do indicate that there will be an option for people to request that senders are not notified of the new e-mail address.