Is It Legal to Block an Inbox?

How to Choose the Right Option for Blocking Unwanted Messages

The problem of unwanted messages and mail is a problem that seems to be getting bigger and bigger. With the increase of incoming messages and mail, it can be difficult to filter through all of them. As you filter through all of the mail in your mailbox, you may find that there are unwanted messages or junk mail waiting for you. This article will cover some of the options you have to block these unwanted or annoying messages. I have tried to be as unbiased as possible, but like always I shall try to mention my opinion and bias at the end of the article.
First, I’d like to touch on the subject of spam. Many people don’t realize that spam is not companies sending you emails in hopes that you will visit their websites. Spam is actually when unsolicited commercial email messages are sent to you. This can include emails from what appears to be a legitimate business, but in most cases this will turn out to be a scam. Spam can also be referred to as junk mail.

is it illegal to block a mailbox
is it illegal to block a mailbox

The Right Option for Blocking Unwanted Messages in Outlook

Microsoft outlook is an email system that allows you to get, send and organize your email. But there will be times when you want to block a sender or group of senders so you won’t receive their messages. There are two ways to go about blocking a sender in outlook: the first one is by creating a filter that blocks the address, and the second is by blocking the entire contact list. This is an outside the box article that may be slightly confusing and hard to follow at first, but I will try my best to make it understandable. I hope that you take this article as a starting point and keep learning or adding onto it as your interests may.
Blocking the Entire Contact List
You can block an entire contact list or a bunch of people. This is done by:
Step one: Open your outlook email, and go to Tools and then Account Settings. A window with all the account you entered should appear. Find the account that you want to block the contact list from and click on it. In this case, we are going to choose POP3 as that is what Gmail uses. Click on More Settings to continue.
Step two: In the next window, click on the Blocked Contacts tab. There are a few things that we need to do here:
-First we are going to add an alias by typing a new name and give it a description like ‘Gmail’. This can be used as a reminder of why you blocked the contact.

is it illegal to block a mailbox
is it illegal to block a mailbox

Is It Legal to Block Messages in Gmail?

The first thing that needs to be said is that you are not allowed to block a sender in Gmail. You are only allowed to block specific incoming messages from specific senders. When you contact Gmail, the privacy policy states: “Gmail is responsible only for the content they create, distribute or promote on Google websites. Gmail users decide whether to use any of the blocking options available in Gmail.” It also states that you are allowed to report spam and block unwanted messages: “If you receive spam, you can report spam to us. We are always working to improve our spam and abuse protection systems, but these messages may still arrive. You can also block messages from specific senders.”
The second thing that needs to be said is that you are allowed to request that a recipient unblock you when they blocked you in the first place. A lot of people ask how to unblock messages in Gmail, so this is important for those who have been blocked and want the other party to unblock them. When you block a sender, you receive a bounce message from Gmail notifying you that “You are not allowed to view this email. Please contact your email administrator.” You can contact them and you can find the request to unblock on a blocked sender’s page. There is no need for you to send an e-mail requesting that the person delete your address from their block list.

is it illegal to block a mailbox
is it illegal to block a mailbox

Conclusion: How to Choose the Right Option for Blocking Unwanted Messages and Get Rid of Scams!

The best thing to do when you receive scams is to report them. This will allow you to have the message blocked and any future messages from that sender that are not spam. Contacting Gmail about the email will help them to have more security against this type of scam email. If you go the route of blocking a sender or contact list in outlook, you need to be careful. A good way to think about whether you should block the senders or contact list is ask yourself the following question: “will blocking this person or those senders make me less safe?” If the answer to that question is no, then get on with your life and stop worrying about it. But if it does make you less safe, then blocking them is a good option for you. If your outlook contact list is being spammed and you want to block the senders, you can either do it one by one or you can copy and paste them into a new contact list in outlook called “junk or scammers”. This way you don’t have to go through every email and make a decision, but they will automatically be in a special junk category.
Remember if you block something, make sure it isn’t going to put yourself at risk.
http://support.google.com/mail/answer/78754
http://blog.cioinsight.com/email-security-and-compliance

is it illegal to block a mailbox
is it illegal to block a mailbox