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Stupid email signatures

Why do people put this stupid and totally unenforcable message in their email signatures?

Confidentiality Warning: This message and any attachments are intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s), are confidential, and may be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, retransmission, conversion to hard copy, copying, circulation or other use of this message and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, and delete this message and any attachments from your system. Thank you.

They also included it in French making their signature 100X longer then their email body. There is nothing to stop me from posting the body of their email here, making copies or circulating it in the local newspaper. This is so ridiculous. What dumbass lawyer thought this up?

They sent the email to me. I can do whatever I want with it.



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Feb. 26th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have been led to believe that in potential legal action that these sorts of footers to emails give some sort of protection against discovery by the opposing counsel. In a specific work-related legal matter, I was told to include the word 'privileged' in the title of the email and in the footer when discussing the particular the legal matter at hand with legal counsel, and to mark any associated documents "Draft". And that advice came from our legal folk... I don't know if those sorts of footers give you any general protection in non-legal situations - probably not.
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly. Otherwise it's complete nonsense.

...I suggest responding with "I do not accept the terms outlined in the signature and will be doing as I wish with my data."
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
गोपनीयता चेतावनी: यह संदेश और किसी भी संलग्नक इच्छित प्राप्तकर्ता या प्राप्तकर्ताओं के इस्तेमाल के लिए ही, गोपनीय हैं, और विशेषाधिकार प्राप्त हो सकते हैं इरादा कर रहे हैं. यदि आप इच्छित प्राप्तकर्ता नहीं हैं, तो आपको इसके कि किसी भी समीक्षा की, अग्रेषण, हार्ड कॉपी करने के लिए रूपांतरण, नकल, परिसंचरण या इस संदेश के अन्य का उपयोग करें और किसी भी संलग्नक करना सख्त वर्जित है अधिसूचित कर रहे हैं. यदि आप इच्छित प्राप्तकर्ता, नहीं कर रहे हैं तुरंत वापस द्वारा ई मेल है, और और अपने सिस्टम से किसी भी संलग्नक इस संदेश को हटाना भेजने सूचित कृपया. धन्यवाद.
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Coming alittle late to the party, but yes, lawyers are involved.

This tidbit comes from HR issues. If a former employee attempts to sue their employer, any emails or printed copies thereof can't be used in mounting a case against the employer. The footer makes it akin to confidential work documents, which use is revoked with the termination of employment.

Unless the email outlines a criminal direction or fraud, most judges will side with the employer, who explicitly asserts their right to the data.
Feb. 27th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I also have the pleasure of having the one Please be advised that this law firm is used for debt collection and any and all information will be used for that purpose.

And then we also have the one that says we offer services in the states we offer the services in... I guess it makes them feel all legal and stuff.

But I agree...you send me an e-mail message, I will read it and do what I want with it. Doesn't it become my possession then?
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