Link: “Log in to unsubscribe from this e-mail”: annoying, possibly illegal | Ars Technica

“Log in to unsubscribe from this e-mail”: annoying, possibly illegal | Ars Technica

Every day, we all open our e-mail inboxes and are greeted by an avalanche of e-mails we don’t want, don’t need, and never had to see. The most foolproof way to banish these particular strains of e-mails from our inbox should be unsubscribing, usually via a link in the e-mail itself. But all too often, we find that workflow looks something like this: We click the unsubscribe link, and are taken to the website of the business sending the e-mail (let’s call it YouPinFace). The site asks us to log in. Now, our interest in this site is so low, we haven’t visited, let alone logged in, for months. Our login info is like so many cat videos posted to YouPinFace: briefly cherished, then forgotten.
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