That was discussed here, and I managed to convince people that it
wasn't appropriate for all communications (particularly students'
e-mail). Some offices (HR, for example) do include such a notice on
all of their e-mail, including messages that are anything but
confidential. I find it a huge put-off. Does it mean, for example,
that I cannot forward such a message to someone else on my staff?
If the information in the message is that sensitive, the message
ought to be encrypted and the communication ought to be subject to
some rather restrictive policies (HIPAA or FERPA, for instance).
On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Charlie Prothero wrote:
> Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 07:26:30 -0400
> From: Charlie Prothero <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv
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> Subject: [CIO] Appending "Confidentiality Notice" to E-Mail?
> Greetings! I just received a request from our marketing/communications
> officer to configure our E-Mail system to automatically append a
> confidentiality statement to all outbound messages. We're a small
> school, so we only have one E-Mail server (Exchange 2000) that serves
> both College employees and students. I would love to hear from anyone
> with thoughts/opinions/ideas on:
> * The overall value of E-Mail confidentiality statements applied
> across the board
> * Best practices/how to do it on Exchange 2000
> * Whether we can/should make it apply just to employees vs.
> including students (students and employees are in different Active
> Directory OU's)
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