Just got an announcement for a meeting from Elsevier that I have absolutely no potential connection too. It is yet another example of Science Conference Spam. Not really shocking to get it from Elsevier to be honest. But one part of the email struck me. This was the end of the message which I post below:
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We obtained your name and email address from ISI Thomson Scientific, 3501 Market street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA. If you wish to be removed from the ISI Thomson Scientific mailing lists, please click here ISI Thomson Scientific.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. http://www.elsevier.com. registered office: Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under number 33156677, VAT number 002967455B65. All rights reserved.
I can guess what it says but fortunately for those like me that don’t read Dutch, Google offers to translate. So I clicked on that offer just to be sure: “Page not found.” Great policy. Maybe I am supposed to pay to access it? I note – I have not posted the actual original link in the email because it has what appears to be some tracking information embedded in it. This I guess is what one could call an empty promise of privacy?
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I don’t know about you but I am not feeling too comforted by this policy. For comparison here are some links to privacy policies of other science publishers:
- Science/AAAS | Science Magazine: About the Journal: Privacy/Legal
- BioMed Central | Privacy
5 thoughts on “Elsevier: bringing us conference SPAM and also empty privacy policies (literally and figuratively)”
I too received one of these emails recently. My response was, “I am not a biologist. Please stop sending me spam.” I liked to imagine a human being reading it, though I realize that the chances of that were vanishingly small.
I agree it can be annoying, but why not just delete it and move-on to something else?
I have opted out of Elsevier emails hundred times. They don't care at all. This is the only company I know that behaves in such an unprofessional way.
Most companies will add you again to their mailing lists after you opted out — often after a year or so. But Elsevier, they add you to new lists every 2 – 4 weeks it seems. Unbelievable.
How can I go about blocking this email? I get a new one every day and the sender rotates so outlook lets them sneak by into my general inbox.
gmail filters and SPAM finder work well