"Security Fix learned of the data breach through a SunTrust customer who received a curious e-mail in mid-September; the message was sent to a custom e-mail address the guy had created for use exclusively with SunTrust. The message, which was addressed to the recipient by name and mentioned his company, urged him to download a PDF document to help resolve an identity theft complaint he had supposedly filed with SunTrust."
"SunTrust spokesperson Hugh Suhr said the purloined data included the names, e-mail addresses and physical addresses for about 40,000 SunTrust customers. He said the customer list was stolen from a database held by Salesforce.com, and that contact information for ADP customers also was lifted from Salesforce."
For me, it's very simple. Whatever personal data I choose not to disclose is private data. That includes anything related to my identity... snail-mail address, phone numbers, age, and e-mail addresses.
My point... just like consumers can specify an unlisted telephone number with their phone company's phone directory, so too should consumers be able to keep private their e-mail address, if they choose.
What do you think? Is your e-mail address private or public?