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    Default Email Confidentiality

    Hello everyone,

    If you send an email to a group of people and it does not contain a CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE at the bottom, can anyone from the group of recipients legally print it and share it with an individual OUTSIDE of the INTENDED recipients without prior consent from the sender?

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    Virginia

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    Default Re: Email Confidentiality

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    Hello everyone,

    If you send an email to a group of people and it does not contain a CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE at the bottom, can anyone from the group of recipients legally print it and share it with an individual OUTSIDE of the INTENDED recipients without prior consent from the sender?

    Thank you,
    Virginia
    Heck, even if you add a confidentiality notice at the bottom, they can generally print it and share it.

    Are we talking a legal work product? or are we talking about a personal email?

    If you work for a government agency, for instance, and send a confidential email to related government agency partners (say, CPS sending a report to social services) and the recipient then shares it with unauthorized people the recipient that shares it MAY (depending on the law and the content of the message) be subject to criminal or workplace offenses.

    But, simply placing a confidentiality notice on an email does not - by itself - magically grant it some grand protection. These boilerplate notices may protect someone from some civil liability in some instances, but as a general rule they are not legally binding on others.
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