What gives with the proliferation of email confidentiality notices?
This email is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If the reader of this email message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender and delete all copies of the transmittal. Thank you.
This from a state employee, to boot. Do the folks who write these think it’s still 1738? Or are they the same lawyers who gave us the “You have no rights” license agreements? I much prefer this one for its honesty.
So, let’s write our own email EULAs:
- AGREEMENT. 1. This is a legally binding contract between the Reader and the Writer. 2. The Reader agrees to pay the Writer $42,000,000.00 million dollars in Swiss Francs. 3. Now!
- This email is about to explode. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!!
- ANTI-CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email was written by an employee of the State of Illinois in the course of normal business, and may be subject to disclosure as per public records and open meetings laws. Exceptions for students, of course. If you expect this email to be confidential, I would like to speak with you regarding an excellent business opportunity. I don’t use PGP, so why the &#(@! would I expect this email to be confidential, anyway?