I develop software for the financial sector (when I’m not a student, that is). A lot of companies in this industry seem to require their employees to include legal disclaimers at the bottom of their emails: “This message may contain confidential information!” and so forth. Mostly, these don’t bother me too much, as they are short and to the point, and I recognize their utility.
However, one person I’m dealing with has the most monstrous notice attached to every single one of his emails. Combined with his utterly useless, redundant signatures, it’s enough to make his usually one-liner emails spill over onto two pages when printed.
I’m surprised he doesn’t include “Planet Earth, Solar System, Spiral Arm 3, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Known Universe, Reality” at the end of his address as well.
Can any of you top all that? What’s the most ridiculous legal disclaimer / signature you’ve seen in an email?
Personally, I sign all my emails with just
My name, position, phone numbers and mailing address are all on our website.
We’ve got a pretty bad one at work since we recently increased ours by 125%. Not as bad as that though. It’s hard to compare though, most everyone has there’s in very small blue print. Thankfully I also know to include only uesful information in my signature.
One of my former co-workers had added her own disclaimer to her signature, even though the system automatically added a disclaimer to all outgoing emails. Drove me crazy. I don’t know why she thought she needed two disclaimers - or even one for that matter. We worked for a transport company, transporting goods from the factory to the distribution warehouse. It’s not like we handled any top secret or sensitive information. Heaven forbid that someone should intercept the weekly report on how long it took to load the trucks! Quelle disaster!
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While I agree that the disclaimer in the OP is bad, what’s wrong with including your email address in your sig? I see emails float through upto a dozen forwards or responses. By that time, the originial email address is long gone from the header.
Because there’s the remote chance your letter could end up on the Web, or in a listserv - places that are crawled by spiders looking for addresses to add to their spam list. If you don’t include your email address in the footer, you decrease the chances of that happening - just a little bit, I know, but it helps.
If it’s the kind of letter that’s forwarded to Turdwater Springs and back, it’s likely going to have the kind of content that some Jean Teasdale-type will post on her Geocities survivors/dead baby/Dale Earnhardt memorial/kountry kute/angels page. Do you really want to see your email address appear there?