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Re: <RANT> Cart00ney-Sigs (was: Re: Freenet clone)
From: Nick FitzGerald <nick () virus-l demon co uk>
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 12:35:15 +1300

J.A. Terranson wrote:

<<snip good stuff>>
Now, as for those "Confidentiality notice"s you see on large company email
systems, where the lowly little luser has no control over what his moronic
email admin has automatically tagged to the bottom of the email: You DO
realize that there is absolutely zero case law that holds these "notices"
to be enforceable, right?  As a common courtesy, people *may* CHOOSE to
abide, but they don't HAVE to.  And when you send something to a public
list like this, you have completely wiped away even the common courtesy
argument.  I would suggest that you ask your legal department to advise
your email admins to stop making your companies look stupid in public.

Actually, most such amatuerish "disclaimers" have a much worse effect 
than you suggest.  There is some case law that suggests such blanket 
and clearly inappropriately general disclaimers or claims for special 
privileged rights _negate_, or at least substantially weaken, all such 
claims the company makes as the company clearly has no idea which of 
its, or its employees', actions or which of its products do or do not 
contain "protected" material.


Regards,

Nick FitzGerald

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