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May 3, 2005

Spam Arrest tries to erase the past

Brian CartmellLike a lot of CEOs, the head of Spam Arrest, Brian Cartmell, wants his company to make a good impression on Google. But Cartmell, who himself has quite a colorful past, seems to want to erase history in the process.

Cartmell has apparently been contacting operators of web sites that published negative comments about SpamArrest. According to Declan McCullagh of the Politech list, Cartmell asked him to remove two archived Politiech postings (for now, available online here and here) about SpamArrest from 2003 because the information is "really out of date."

The posts discuss an incident in which Spam Arrest sent unsolicited email advertising its service.

I say leave the postings there for Internet history buffs like myself. Otherwise, what's next ... cleaning out all the unsavory Usenet postings about Spam Arrest?

Some sites have already complied with Cartmell's request. A page at SamSpade.org discussing the Spam Arrest spamming incident is now 404 . (At least Archive.org still has the old SpamArrest is Spamming page.)

Even if the Politech posts remain, the search-engine savvy Cartmell has already made progress toward his goal. Politech's archives now include a new posting about Spam Arrest's objection to the old postings.

Posted by brian at May 3, 2005 12:12 AM


Well, here's another bad comment about the lovely CEO OF Spamarrest. I have been trying to get a hold of someone in that dam company for almost 3 years to cancel my subscription have noe one has EVER responded to my inquires. They have my credit card number from when I originally joined and now they keep renewing my subcription andcharging me for it even though I don't use the userid and email address affiliated with the original subscription. The only way you can cancel is to Login. I can't log in, I can't get a hold of anyone at that company, and every year I'm out the annual 44 bucks. Shaddy is an understatement. They suck. I want my subscription cancelled.

Posted by: Bonnie at February 22, 2006 10:30 AM


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