On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 11:10:40AM +0000, Paul Jakma mentioned:
> can anyone think of good solid technical/legal/other reasons why
> putting disclaimers on all outbound mail would be a bad idea?
> Arguments that higher level mgt would be able to comprehend.
>> The argument i hear for is: "it is to protect the company". How true
> is this, what legal protection can an auto-generated disclaimer
None whatsoever. In court, they would still have to prove that that
person didn't speak for the company in an email. It's like someone saying
"I've insider knowledge that we are going bankrupt, so I'm selling all my
shares. But I don't speak for the company".
If the company goes bankrupt, I'd like to see you defend that against
pissed off shareholders that lost loads of money in a panic.
Biggest thing being that it'll break digital signatures, so if someone
gets an email from you, they can edit it, and pretend they got it from
you - and they can make you say whatever they want. And, you can't
digitally sign it to prevent people doing that. So, it's damaging the
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