Email – Legal Disclaimers

Ever seen a legal disclaimer at the bottom of someone’s email?

It may say something like…

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail message, including any attachments,
is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain
privileged and confidential information. Any unauthorized review, use,
disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended
recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy
all copies of the original message.

But this is just one such example. Do these legal disclaimers do anything? Should you add one to your emails?

Well, I used to think so. However, they may be completely worthless. According to The Economist, these legal email disclaimers are nothing but an annoyance, and hold absolutely no legal obligation.

So, if you were considering adding one of these disclaimers or currently use one, then you might as well scrap the whole idea.