And again, its GMail users in the shackles. SpamCop recently added several Gmail servers to its blacklist. The reason: some spam came from those servers, and Google doesn’t pass the originating IP address of the email user. They prefer instead to push their own IP in place of the standard “X-Originating-IP” header line delivered from competing webmail providers, so SpamCop added the whole server(s).
I am not sure what Google’s beef over privacy is here, but it makes little sense to me.
First, it is extremely difficult to learn much about a sender from their IP address, other than the general locale that particular email was generated from. But why would a legitimate user care about that? The good guys aren’t going out of their way to remain anonymous (at least not yet). It’s the bad guys altering their headers, bouncing emails off open proxies, and using privacy tools to mask their real locations that you have to worry about, and an IP address in plain site is not going to bother them too much. In fact, it is a boon for them – one less thing to worry about.
On the alternative side, Brian McWilliams noted that the Gmail servers in question are not on other big blacklists, which makes you wonder how SpamCop is making decisions on their own account.