View Full Version : Extracting visitor's email . . . possible?

06-27-2002, 03:05 PM
As visitor's access a site, is it possible at "any" capacity to extract their email address? Or is the only way to do so by asking via a form, etc.?

Are the services or packages out there . . . or actual code?

Any & all ideas are helpful--thanks in advance!!


06-27-2002, 03:08 PM
I don't think there's a way - but even if there was I'm pretty sure that infringes on people's privacy, which makes it illegal, which makes it an unfit topic for this discussion forum.


06-27-2002, 03:38 PM
Cross posted


06-27-2002, 07:11 PM
Perhaps I should have replied via the forum, as I originally did to the replies by other members (private message):

My intention was not to be unethical at all. As stated with other concerned members about my "request" . . . I whole-heartedly agree your sentiments/concerns about the ethics about grabbing anyone's email--or any other personal information . . . I have a client who inquired about having visitor's information extracted upon visiting the site. I informed the client of his options, stating the responsibility he is under to the viewing audience . . . I then decided to post this request via the forum, with the hopes of gathering enough "nays" to push the client in another -- more ethical and positive direction, ie. a signup form, etc.

Please understand that my motives are not to take advantage of "our" overall visiting audience, but to protect.


06-27-2002, 09:00 PM
Basically no, you could feasibly extract their ISP through IP but not their email unless they actually entered it in somewhere. Also bear in mind that many use Hotmail, Yahoo or other web based services anyway, I for one use nothing but Hotmail and my own web based mail service.

06-27-2002, 09:01 PM
If they are using Windows, IE, and Outlook, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if you could create an ActiveX object which would contain their ip.

If they are using a *nix box, you could always try sending an email to:

But I'd be pretty mad if sites started sending email to my root account just because I visited a page.

06-28-2002, 11:59 AM
If you had stated your intentions in the initial post, you would have avoided raising suspicions in the first place.
Moreover, tell your "client" that it is at least unethical and maybe even illegal to record people's e-mail adresses without notifying them and tell him to forget about it really fast; if he doesn't agree, turn down the assignment if your concerns about privacy and ethics are genuine.