November 16, 2013

Disclaimer Madness

I was not the intended recepient of an email that was explicitly sent to my address. The email had the following disclaimer which mentions that "any use ...of this information is strictly prohibited."

Information transmitted by this e-mail is proprietary to MphasiS, its associated companies and/ or its customers and is intended
for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential or
exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient or it appears that this mail has been forwarded
to you without proper authority, you are notified that any use or dissemination of this information in any manner is strictly
prohibited. In such cases, please notify us immediately at mailmaster@mphasis.com and delete this mail from your records

What worries me are the bullying words of "strictly prohibited." Who the hell are these idiots to prohibit me from reading my email? First they mail me and then they prohibit me from reading my mail. According to the disclaimer, I have violated their so called company clause by disclosing their secrets to me. If these guys are so paranoid about the content, they should not send it to external email address.

Furthermore, why must I notify them and why must I delete this email? They are not paying me, and they are not some charitable organization protecting humanity from some satanic power, so why must I work for them?

My concern is will a person like me have any legal protection if some idiot from say Big Bully Nuclear Inc sends me some nuclear secrets with such a disclaimer. Will I be the culprit of leaking nuclear information just because someone in Big Bully Nuclear Inc screwed up email addresses.
 

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