2009-06-24

Disclaimers

I keep getting email with disclaimers at the end of them, this is one I got today (emphasis mine):

PUBLIC RECORDS LAW DISCLOSURE: Emails are generally public records and therefore subject to public disclosure unless exempt from disclosure under Oregon Public Records Law.

Emails can be sent inadvertently to unintended recipients and contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive for the recipient), please advise by return email and delete immediately without reading or forwarding to others. Thank you.

Does the author of this message think every reader is going to start by going to the end of the message to read the disclaimer? If not, why do they instruct one to delete immediately without reading? Besides, who on earth do these people think they are to shift the burden of determining if I'm allowed to read the message to me? What other decisions do I get to make for them? Since I'm making their decisions for them, I'd like 50% of their salary donated to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.