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How traceable is POP email collection?

by bturner534 / January 23, 2015 3:06 PM PST

Hi everyone. This is my first post in the forum.

I am wondering how much information gets divulged between email accounts when doing POP mail forwarding.

For example, assume I have two email accounts , and, and that each is from a different email provider, "dog" and "cat." Account A is POP enabled and account B is configured to use POP to receive emails from account A.

Can the email provider for account A see which specific email account is using POP to access its mail? In other words can it see that is collecting the mail? Or can the email provider only see that email provider is collecting the mail?

Thanks! Brad

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Re: e-mail collection
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 23, 2015 5:32 PM PST

It's safe to assume that (almost) every e-mail address a mail is sent to, is receiving it. If they use webmail or exchange or pop3 or imap to read it, is everybodies guess. Only the mail server at and the addressee know. There's no feedback to the sender, unless he asks for a reading confirmation.


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Let's go with everything is divulged.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2015 2:44 AM PST

If you read up on what happened with LavaBit's secure email and more, you learn that there is no privacy in email today.

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