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03 Mar 2006

Email Disclaimer

At work my employer has decided that all outgoing emails should have a standard disclaimer appended to them. Unlike most of these stupid things, it's just two long lines rather than a massive legal brain dump.

This message is for the designated recipient only and may contain privileged, proprietary, or otherwise private information. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the original. Any other use of the email by you is prohibited.

Danish - Deutsch - English - Espa˝ol - Franšais - Italiano - Japanese - Nederlands - Norsk - Portuguese - Svenska:[1]

According to my copy of the mighty OED a disclaimer is a statement that denies something, usually responsibility. What in the email statement above disclaims anything?

Other than keeping lawyers in the lap of luxury what is the point of this statement? In what way does it protect the company?

  1. Altered to protect the innocent