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Re: FW: Minimum prefix length?
From: Mike <mike () rockynet com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 15:14:49 -0600
Stephen J. Wilcox wrote:
Howevers its curious that signatures such as this claiming to be confidential
are posted to a list which is very much public and archived in several public
websites.. not sure how right it is to autoappend them to all your mails as well
as the private ones!
There is a current belief (IANAL) that once you publicly post messages
with such a disclaimer, the disclaimer will be unenforceable in court
I.E. John Doe posts something to public mailing list with the usual
legalese disclaimer. I read John's posts, and realize that his
disclaimer has no meaning- he has intended for the general public to see
his communication and has authorized everyone explicitly. How can John
later claim, if I inadvertantly received a misdirected private
communication, that I was not authorized, since he has previously given
blanket authorization to the public at large to read (some) communications?
This might seem like splitting hairs, but I bet a good lawyer can make a
whole case out of it.