[thelist] hiding email addresses

graham.hays graham.hays at visualcomputing.co.uk
Mon Sep 22 04:42:34 CDT 2008

> Hello
> > Yep - don't publish 'em on the web.
> In an ideal world I'd agree, however in the UK at least, 
> commercial websites can't get away with that. There was a 
> change in the law (effective 1st Jan
> 2007) with the E-commerce Regulations _requiring_ certain 
> information to be clearly available. To quote from out-law.com[1]:
> "It is not sufficient to include a 'contact us' form without 
> also providing an email address and geographic address 
> somewhere easily accessible on the site."
> Apparently this applies to almost all companies, not just 
> ones that actually 'sell' online. So yeah, some companies 
> _might_ insist, but you should _definitely_ insist (if you're 
> a Brit developer, working for a UK company).
> Hope that muddies the water a bit :)
> Barry
> [1] http://www.out-law.com/page-7594

Barry thanks - and for that link.

I'm a brit developer based in Spain with both british-based and
spanish-based clients. Interestingly the client who insisted is a british


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