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    Email Disclaimers? WTH???

    Can someone explain to me why people put this crap in their email? I see attorneys do it. Accountants, and now my sister, an RN.

    Anyone???

    Privileged/Confidential information may be contained in this message. The information contained in this message is intended only for the use of the recipient(s) named above and their co-workers who are working on the same matter. The recipient of this information is prohibited from disclosing the information to any other party unless this disclosure has been authorized in advance.

    If you are not intended recipient of this message or any agent responsible for delivery of the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance on the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. You should immediately destroy this message and kindly notify the sender by reply E-Mail. Please advise immediately if you or your employer does not consent to Internet E-Mail for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of the firm shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.
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  2. I have no idea. It seems like one person did it and now other people are following them like lemmings.

    "The recipient of this information is prohibited from..."

    "... you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance on the contents of this message is strictly prohibited."

    It is bizarrely silly for these people to claim that, by receiving their message, I now have some legal obligation to them.

    Screw them. If someone sends me an email, it's mine. I'll publish it a billboard overlooking the Holland Tunnel if I want.

    Some people need to get a better understanding of where their rights start and stop. This is another area where the American educational system has completely failed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I have no idea. It seems like one person did it and now other people are following them like lemmings.

    "The recipient of this information is prohibited from..."

    "... you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance on the contents of this message is strictly prohibited."

    It is bizarrely silly for these people to claim that, by receiving their message, I now have some legal obligation to them.

    Screw them. If someone sends me an email, it's mine. I'll publish it a billboard overlooking the Holland Tunnel if I want.

    Some people need to get a better understanding of where their rights start and stop. This is another area where the American educational system has completely failed.
    Couldn't agree more, take the example of free speech; how many people do you come across who think that free speech applies to everything they say or write, yet in fact the specific law most people quote only applies in the USA and it's territories, and only to protect them from the government.

    Same thing with noise, too many people think they have a right to make as much noise as they like and completely fail to take into account the rights of others. Poor parenting, a failing education system, not enough enforcement of laws, and bad advertising practices that promote irresponsible behavior are to blame in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I have no idea. It seems like one person did it and now other people are following them like lemmings.

    "The recipient of this information is prohibited from..."

    "... you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance on the contents of this message is strictly prohibited."

    It is bizarrely silly for these people to claim that, by receiving their message, I now have some legal obligation to them.

    Screw them. If someone sends me an email, it's mine. I'll publish it a billboard overlooking the Holland Tunnel if I want.

    Some people need to get a better understanding of where their rights start and stop. This is another area where the American educational system has completely failed.
    Agreed... I'm just really curious if there is some real legal remedy to the disclaimer. Again, I see a lot of attorneys doing it and really wonder if there is some merit to the message. Too me its clutter, and a waste of bandwidth.

    I like the Holland Tunnel idea BTW!!!
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    Attorneys tend to be paranoid. Look at all of the companies that get sued because they did not warn someone of something that is obvious to an idiot.

    Some people think that they are protected just because they make a statement about something. It didn't protect the tobacco companies, even though there has been a warning on every pack of cigarettes sold in the US since about 1968.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Attorneys tend to be paranoid. Look at all of the companies that get sued because they did not warn someone of something that is obvious to an idiot.

    Some people think that they are protected just because they make a statement about something. It didn't protect the tobacco companies, even though there has been a warning on every pack of cigarettes sold in the US since about 1968.
    We ISP's should start charging these people for the wasted bandwidth.

    I can see the paranoia argument, but I wonder if this legal ease is really valid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia View Post
    I can see the paranoia argument, but I wonder if this legal ease is really valid.
    I would doubt its legal validity, but I have no idea if it has ever been tested in court. If someone sends you something unsolicited, you are under no obligation to abide by any terms contained within or even to return a product that is sent to you.

    Years ago, companies would send out a product on trial without any consent of the person receiving it. They then tried to bill the person for the product if it was not returned. The courts ruled that you are under no obligation to pay for any product that is sent to you unsolicited. Needless to say, companies do not do that any longer.

    I don't see how an e-mail message is different.

    The legal issues sometimes defy logic. My attorney suggested that it was a bad idea to put a privacy policy on a web site. The logic is that I am legally bound and can be sued based upon any policies I state on a web site. However, if I do not post a privacy policy, I can do whatever I want with any personal info I collect. Go figure.

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    Only emails that I have ever seen with email disclaimers are police emails (a cyclist that I cycle with, don't worry - I hain't the mass-murderer you're currently watching on TV). I don't think I'd quite like to mess with his rights.

  9. Adding this makes you feel all warm, fuzzy and important. And also gives the receiver an impression that you know what you're doing

    I'm pretty sure most people would treat this very seriously and try to follow that when receiving such a message

    besides that I do think it has some level of legal validity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DomainMagnate View Post
    Adding this makes you feel all warm, fuzzy and important. And also gives the receiver an impression that you know what you're doing
    Good advice. I just added a disclaimer to all of my e-mails.

    I feel much more important already!

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