If I see an email address that has an obvious error, do I have the right to fix that error and opt-in the email address? How would other countries respond to this? For example, if I see a record with an email of email@example.com, do I have the legal right to correct that to .com? Can I imply that the person made a typo and not that the person purposely entered a bad email address so as to not be contacted?
If you are complying to the double opt-in standard, and you fix the email address, 2 possibilities:
If you are complying to the single opt-in or opt-out standards, I do not see any issue in fixing it: the person can easily opt-out anyway.
I'm involved in a project for Germany where we have to do the double opt-in vs the parts of europe where the double opt is not mandatory. My concern is over how this will be judged. Suppose someone purposely enters an bad email address either directly into my form or into a tradeshow that then passes that bad data on to me. I catch it and re-enter it, corrected. (For example, then ended their email address with .dx instead of .de). And now, a fresh record with no bounce on it exists in my database. I now send them the double-opt in email. Could this be used against my company in any legal way? I'm wondering if there are loopholes in this law where unscrupulous firms could try to draw other companies into violations.
Channelling it through my internal team but wanted to see if there was anyone knowledgeable about it already in here as I know we've never discussed it.