Nathan (gemsling) wrote,

Outlaw automatic email disclaimers

The practice of automatically appending CYA legal disclaimers to all outbound email should be outlawed. And I do mean that literally.

Email disclaimers add nothing to a message. And with people building long email trails via top posting, and each company having its own disclaimer, you end up with emails full of duplicate disclaimers. Thus, email disclaimers actually reduce the value of the message.

Today I received the perfect illustration of this problem: more than a full screen packed with legal disclaimers, one after the other:

screenshot showing a whole screen filled with nothing but email disclaimers
Tags: corporate, email, gripe

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