‘Enemy of The State’ is a favorite movie of mine. I was watching it(second time) yesterday.
I wanted to write on the subject of privacy,National Protection and National Security.
Now , as I sit down to write down on this,I find this funny gem,where an emerging giant of an industrial power unable to track G mail,Blackberry story has been going around for quite some time now.(read my blog on ‘no technology for 3G under Technology)
Instead i am producing here below links on tracking electronic mail.
I have deferred my decision on National Security for the time being,
India‘s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given up on Blackberry – saying it cannot track about 15 communication services including Gmail and other email services. Nothing new was decided at a high-level meeting where India’s top security officials were present. The DoT understands the only option would be to build technologies for intelligence agencies for monitoring and interception purposes. It was pointed out by the DoT that in most countries, intelligence agencies build their own monitoring and interception capabilities, where feedback is provided by telcos. But, the Home Ministry has asked the service providers to ensure their services can be tracked on a real-time basis.
DoT sources said: “The DoT has come to a conclusion that to track blackberry services and intercepting encrypted communication, security agencies must build capabilities of decrypting the intercepted communication. The ball is now in the Home Ministry’s court as it has to decide whether to ban such communications now.” The services listed by the DoT were video chats, internet telephony calls and push emails on high-end handsets.
E-mail tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to intended recipient. Most tracking technologies utilize some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that your e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.
E-mail tracking is useful when the sender wants to know if the intended recipient actually received the e-mail, or if they clicked the links. However, due to the nature of the technology, e-mail tracking cannot be considered an absolutely accurate indicator that a message was opened or read by the recipient.
Most e-mail marketing software provides tracking features, some
times in aggregate (e.g. click-through rate), and sometimes on an individual basis.
Some e-mail applications, such as Microsoft Office Outlook, employ a read-receipt tracking mechanism. The sender selects the receipt request option prior to sending the message, and then upon sending, each recipient has the option of notifying the sender that the message was received and/or read by the recipient.
However, requesting a receipt does not guarantee that you will get one, for several reasons. Very few e-mail applications or services support read receipts, and users can generally disable the functionality if they so wish. Those that do support it aren’t necessarily compatible with or capable of recognizing requests from a different e-mail service or application. Generally read receipts are only useful within an organization where all employees/members are using the same email service and application.
Depending on the recipient’s mail client and settings, they may be forced to click a notification button before they can move on with their work. Even though it is an opt-in process, a recipient may consider it inconvenient, discourteous, or invasive.
Read receipts are sent back to your Inbox as e-mail messages. Additional technical information, such as who it is from, the e-mail software they use, and the IP addresses of the sender and their e-mail server is available inside the Internet headers of the read receipt.
The technical term for these is MDN – Message Disposition Notifications, and they are requested by inserting one or more of the following lines into the email headers: X-Confirm-Reading-To: Disposition-Notification-To: or Return-Receipt-To:
Another kind of receipt can be requested, which is called a DSN (delivery status notification), which is a request to the recipients email server to send you a notification about the delivery of an email you’ve just sent. The notification takes the form of an email, and will tell you if your delivery succeeded, failed, got delayed, or will warn you if any email server involved was unable to give you a receipt. DSN’s are requested at the time of sending by the sending application or server software (not anyplace inside the email or headers itself), and you can request to “Never” get any, or to “Always” get one, or (which most software does by default) only to get DSN if delivery fails (i.e.: not for success, delay, or relay DSNs). These failure DSNs are normally referred to as a “Bounce”. Additionally, you can specify in your DSN request whether you want your receipt to contain a full copy of your original email, or just a summary of what happened. In the SMTP protocol, DSNs are requested at the end of the RCPT TO: command (e.g.: RCPT TO:<> NOTIFY=SUCCESS,DELAY) and the MAIL FROM: command (e.g.: MAIL FROM:<> RET=HDRS)
E-mail marketing and tracking
Some e-mail marketing tools include tracking as a feature. Such e-mail tracking is usually accomplished using standard web tracking devices known as cookies and web beacons. When you send a tracked e-mail message, if it’s a graphical HTML message (not a plain text message) the e-mail marketing system may embed a tiny, invisible tracking image (a single-pixel gif, sometimes called a web beacon) within the content of the message. When the recipient opens the message, the tracking image is referenced. When they click a link or open an attachment, another tracking code is activated. In each case a separate tracking event is recorded by the system. These response events accumulate over time in a database, enabled the e-mail marketing software to report metrics such as open-rate and click-through rates. E-mail marketing users can view reports on both aggregate response statistics and individual response over time.
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