[SURBL-Discuss] FP: smithbarney.com

Alex Broens surbl at alexb.ch
Thu Sep 30 21:34:30 CEST 2004


Rob McEwen wrote:
> FP: smithbarney.com
> 
> (followup comments)
> 
> I was trying to think... how did this one get on there? It seems like it
> just barely missed the various institutional-based whitelists.
> 
> I did a search of this on alexa.com and their site is ranked just inside the
> top 20,000 web sites.
> 
> SEE:
> http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=smithbarney.com
> 
> Then I thought, wouldn't it be interesting to run the top 20,000 Alexa sites
> against SURBL... double-check whichever of these are currently getting
> "caught" by SURBL. Remove any which should be removed, (I'm sure at least a
> few would remain in SURBL??). Then whitelist all of the 20k that haven't
> been specifically determined as needing to remain in SURBL.

Guys......
SURBL is used by the world, not only the US

Alexa.com doesn't have the best of reputations on this side of the pond.

Their Privacy Policy is dubious:
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ALEXA'S TOOLBAR SERVICE COLLECTS AND STORES INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB 
PAGES YOU VIEW, THE DATA YOU ENTER IN ONLINE FORMS AND SEARCH FIELDS, 
AND, WITH VERSIONS 5.0 AND HIGHER, THE PRODUCTS YOU PURCHASE ONLINE 
WHILE USING THE TOOLBAR SERVICE. ALTHOUGH ALEXA DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO 
ANALYZE WEB USAGE DATA TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF ANY ALEXA USER, SOME 
INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE TOOLBAR SERVICE IS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE. 
ALEXA AGGREGATES AND ANALYZES THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS TO IMPROVE ITS 
SERVICE AND TO PREPARE REPORTS ABOUT AGGREGATE WEB USAGE AND SHOPPING 
HABITS.
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more @ http://pages.alexa.com/help/privacy.html


Pls don't force whitelisting more than necessary, or put these domains 
in your site's whitelist but spare us whitelisting their associates as 
much as possible

Alex



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