Don't send encrypted messages to random users

Michael A. Yetto idmsdba at
Tue May 30 18:37:16 CEST 2017

On Tue, 30 May 2017 15:53:44 +0000
listo factor via Gnupg-users <gnupg-users at> writes, and having
writ moves on:

>On 05/29/2017 11:52 PM, Konstantin Gribov - grossws at wrote:
>> Primary reason to publish a key is to make it available for
>> fetching. It isn't a permission for anyone to annoy a person
>> anyhow.  
>Keservers have every characteristic of a public directory.
>What possible reason there could be for placing one's
>e-mail in the public key if not to make it possible
>for anyone to send an e-mail to the owner. To make
>a piece of information publicly available on the net
>and then depend on "netiquette" for that piece of
>information not be used in a manner the owner finds
>objectionable strikes me as a rather outdated notion.

Would you find it acceptable for someone to randomly call you and ask
your opinion on a topic of their choosing just because your phone
number happens to be on a public directory that person happened upon?

The reason, not only possible, but likely, would be to let someone with
a reason to send message to that e-mail have the necessary data to
encrypt it and keep it as private as is needed.

Mike Yetto
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."
 - George Bernard Shaw
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