It's funny how things happen. Apparently, the law firm that the College
uses started appending such a statement to all of their outgoing E-Mail,
so someone here thought it would be a good idea for us to do the same.
Obviously, a law firm will produce much more confidential material than
a college, so perhaps an automatic across-the-board solution is
appropriate for them. I think we would be better off helping
individuals who routinely handle confidential stuff add such a
disclaimer to their signature line. That way, they can at least remove
it from messages on which it would look silly. We could also take the
opportunity to show them how to encrypt attachments.
As you and others have pointed out, the value of these appended messages
is dubious, but the only legal opinions I could find published on the
web seem to support adding them on the grounds that it couldn't hurt and
Many thanks to you and to others who have weighed in on this issue!
From: Theresa M Rowe [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:39 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CIO] Appending "Confidentiality Notice" to E-Mail?
I agree with Kyle. Appending a message to the end of the
email adds no actual security to the message. Sounds like
they are giving you the solution, without the problem. What
is the problem they are trying to fix by appending this
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