Thursday, March 30, 2006

E-Mail Tag

Always get a chuckle out of e-mails that end with one of these bittys (from a real e-mail I got this morning):
Confidentiality Note: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is priviledged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and destroy the material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy.
'Applicable Law'? Do tell. Which federal or state laws have been enacted to protect unencrypted communications that have been broadcast over an unsecured medium to god knows whoever? These tags are always written by
  • People who think they know information security, but don't have a clue (sending an e-mail and saying that only certain can read it is like broadcasting a radio show and saying only certain people are allowed to listen to it)
  • People who think they are lawyers, but are idiots (I'm leaning towards this on the above messages since 'priviledged' is misspelled)
  • People who, ironically enough, copied the tag line from someone else's e-mail (which was crafted using one of the two above procedures)

Why do businesses do this to themselves? Not only do they come off looking like idiots because they don't know they're doing, but they also come across as incredibly arrogant for thinking that their e-mail, which no doubt consists of nothing but patriotic pictures of cats or some bootlegged urban legend, is so important that it transcends the very laws and logic of man.

(I have received e-mails from places that have a clue and their tag line is usually something along the lines of "If this e-mail wasn't meant for you, sorry to have bothered you. Could you delete it purty please?")

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