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Breach of trust

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by nwhobbies, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. nwhobbies

    nwhobbies SW Washington New Member

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    On Monday, 9-13-2010, I received an email from the Portland EXPO Center informing me of some of their upcoming events. I read the email and thought how nice that I now know what’s going on there.

    As I re-read the email I began to wonder how they got my email address as I don’t remember ever giving it to the EXPO Center. So I called and asked them.

    I was informed that ‘Collectors West’ had given them their entire email list and given permission to use it. The problem is that I never gave ‘Collectors West’ permission to give away or sell my personal information.

    I have since found out that lots of people have received unexpected email from the EXPO Center.

    So, if you have received an email from the EXPO Center, now you know how they got your email address.
     
  2. riverrat373

    riverrat373 Washington State Member

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    Anytime you give out your email address you should expect this sort of thing, whether you gave them permission or not.
     
  3. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    Yeah, pretty much by giving them your e-mail you are giving them permission, unless it explicitly says they won't sell your info.
     
  4. big50

    big50 oregon New Member

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    I went to the CWI website. Right on the door prize entry form it says "Contact information will be used to update our mailing list and will be confidential" I wonder if confidential has a new meaning? Perhaps CWI is the exception? Cant help but wonder if the email list has been sold to others.
     
  5. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I just got 2 e-mails today from them today but no expo e-mail here is the privacy statement i just copied it from there web sight



    EMAIL CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUE
    09.20.10
    A couple of weeks ago I received an email newsletter from the Portland Metropolitan EXPO center. It was advertised as a medium for announcing upcoming events at the center.
    In the normal course of business many exhibitors have asked why they are suddenly getting emails from the EXPO center. I encouraged them to ask the EXPO center since it originated from there.
    One of my participants did so and received this reply. I redacted the name to protect the confidentially. Then copy and pasted below.
    “NAME – Thank you for your call. I took the time to immediately find this information for you. Your inclusion was provided as a courtesy from Collectors West. We had approval to mail to the list provided and your email was then added to our growing listing for Sports and Outdoors. This is a new effort over the past year on the part of the Expo Center.
    Our intention is for mailings roughly 4 times a year for a brief newsletter on all events over the quarter, and occasional informational postcards on specific events that meet the criteria of the given category. Timing of the mailings is dependent on staff time available. It is not our intention to over mail to people. Simply to inform them and hopefully drive attendance to the many positive events taking place here. The various categories are found here: http://www.expocenter.org/newsletter.htm Additionally and as many others are doing, we are also participating in social media and have pages for MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. All have the intention of increasing attendees and awareness.
    Should you wish to unsubscribe your current e-mail from the list, the link at the bottom of the newsletter takes you to a simple site to do so, including an option for a confirming e-mail to be sent. If you would like me to do so for you on your behalf, I am happy to assist.
    We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Further questions you can call or e-mail me at the contact information below.
    Matthew P. Rotchford
    Sales and Events Manager - Portland Expo Center
    503.736.5203 / 503.736.5201 fax / info@expocenter.org
    Web: Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center / MySpace / Facebook/ Twitter
    Join the e-XPO Newsletter! www.expocenter.org/newsletter.htm

    Most of the emails gathered were from DOOR PRIZE entry forms handed to participants when admission is paid. On these forms it clearly states, “Contact information will be used to update our mailing list and WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.”
    I wish to clearly state those of us at Wes Knodel Gun Shows, Inc. do not take our commitments lightly and was not provided by us.
    WES KNODEL GUN SHOWS INC. and ROSE CITY GUN SHOWS INC. ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL ONLY USE CONTACT INFORMATION TO UPDATE OUR MAILING LIST AND THAT INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL FOR ALL OTHER PURPOSES. WE DO NOT SELL OR PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TO ANY OTHER ENTITY.
    What to do?
    Since the WES KNODEL GUN SHOWS email list is held in strict confidence we will never sell, barter or otherwise release it to anyone.
    The Portland Metropolitan Exposition center and its employees are working diligently to provide their events with the best marketing tools available to insure us with a successful and enjoyable experience. There is confusion about two promoters doing gun shows at the same venue. I encourage anyone who wishes to participate in ANY event there, to subscribe to the EXPO newsletter.
    Sincerely,
    Wes Knodel
     
  6. nwhobbies

    nwhobbies SW Washington New Member

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    cyclesurvival - The info you posted is NOT from the promoter who gave out the email list.

    'Collectors West' gave their email list to the EXPO Center, not Wes Knodel Gunshows.
     
  7. big50

    big50 oregon New Member

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    I am noticing the door prize entry form that was once posted on Collectors West website has dissapeared. Hmmmm