And End To Ridiculous Email Confidentiality Disclaimers

A snippet from the UK government’s consultation paper on the future of the Ordnance Survey, page 13, relating to emailed submissions for the consultation:

An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

But if it’s possible to say that, it means that these ridiculous disclaimers have no legal force, and that fact has been accepted by the government. So can everyone please, please stop using them?

2 thoughts on “And End To Ridiculous Email Confidentiality Disclaimers

  1. My understanding was that they never had any legal force. If it were possible to make something legally binding just by emailing life would be pretty funny. My email would have the following appended:

    You the receiver agree to pay the sender (Robert Accettura) $10,000 as payment for this email.

    And I’d be the world’s #1 spammer.