I own a number of domain names and use one of them exclusively for email. I receive my emails to the catchall account which allows me to use a different email address for everything. I use trademe@domain for trademe, nzpost@domain for nzpost, etc.
I received a survey this week from NZ post asking about the parcel they recently delivered to me on the 9th June - fair enough, everyone likes a bit of feedback.
But this email was addressed to amazon@domain which made me stop and think.
I went through the rubbish and found the packaging from the parcel (ordered from amazon of course). It had a 2D barcode on the front which I scanned. It contained all the usual stuff - shipment tracking number, name, postal address..... but also my email address (amazon@domain)
So, is it possible that NZ post are harvesting email addresses by scanning the barcodes on parcels? Or, did amazon really forward my email address onto NZ post?
Most people use the same email address for everything, so would never know where the email address came from.
What do you think of the ethics/privacy issues of this?