E-mail Disclaimers

  Legslip 13:04 26 Nov 2007

Is it a legal requirement to have disclaimers at the end of company e-mails. I can't see that they would hold up very well if an issue came to court. They just seem a waste of spave to me.

  recap 13:12 26 Nov 2007

To back up the disclaimer I have 'Without Prejudice' at the beginning.

  Legslip 10:55 29 Nov 2007

Been told that they hold no legal water and use ink when printing so won't have one!

  €dstowe 11:10 29 Nov 2007

Depends what the disclaimer says.

Apart from that, though, they can deter anyone who "accidentally finds" an email and tries to act on its contents.

  silverous 11:30 29 Nov 2007

I'd be surprised to find that "they hold no legal water", just about every company out there has one so that's a hell of a lot of wasted water if that is the case.

I'm sure they aren't a 100% legal water, but the sentiments expressed would surely help to show that you had considered the issues and made steps to protect against them.

Also, I believe it may be a legal requirement to have registration numbers, address, legal name on ALL business correspondance and the disclaimer often performs that function also (although you could view the two as being separate).

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  interzone55 11:36 29 Nov 2007

As for wasting paper with these disclaimers, isn't it time that MS worked out an intelligent way of scaling emails & web-pages to fit onto a single sheet.

I'm fed up of getting an extra page with just the last line of an email or a web address on it.

  Legslip 17:03 29 Nov 2007

...some of the e-mails to my company. No disclaimers on e-mails from Vodafone, Amazon, Telephone Preference Service and many other companies that we deal with.

Who reads a disclaimer and if it says only to be opened by the recipient, who is going to take any notice of that?

  silverous 21:11 30 Nov 2007

Re: amazon, vodafone etc there'll usually be a terms and conditions link or at the very least there will be something with their company registration number - a legal requirement as per my post above, I've just checked and both are present on recent emails I have from amazon.

Of course a disclaimer can't stop you from taking action, but if it is there, and you take action then you would struggle to claim you hadn't seen it. Think of a case where an employee sends an offensive email using the company email system. Or places an order that they shouldn't have via email. A disclaimer usually will show that the company sending it will not accept any actions taken by the recipient as a result or any views expressed within it. Legally I don't know how much weight this holds, but if it is on there presumably you have the starting point of your argument.

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