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Help users prevent spam created by registration with Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) #1090
During the course of our research, Micro-purchase vendors expressed frustration with the letters and emails they've received as a consequence of registering for a DUNS number.
Federal Service Desk also acknowledges this problem:
The Micro-purchase team should either investigate other means of identifying vendors (alternatives to DUNS) or, at the least, provide a workaround — such as asking vendors to create a temporary email address — to help vendors maintain their privacy and avoid spam.
Good enough to point them here http://www.dnb.com/utility-pages/privacy-policy.html so that they can get off whatever lists they're on for now.
So a few things have come up since we created this issue and published some guidance for users on obtaining a DUNS number:
First, We need to ensure that contacting D&B is a workable solution.
I don't have a DUNS number to test this, but I think we should try and register a faux/test business and make sure that users who contact D&B will (1) still be able to link their account to SAM.gov, and (2) that our application can still verify a business that has opted out in this way.
Second, one of our users has suggested on Twitter that vendors can just opt out of marketing emails via the SAM.gov website:
From what @adelevie tells me, though, this might also break our ability to verify a vendor's business. I'd like to confirm this and get back to this person on Twitter.
Third, one of the links in our documentation broke. The originally linked text was "(source)", and pointed to fsd.gov. I'm happy to remove it, but it's being used to attribute some key guidance, so I'm not sure if that's desired.