My organization automatically attaches an email signature for all employees' outgoing messages. The signature contains onerous warnings and disclaimers that sound very official and imply all kinds of legal standing.
Is there any point to this? It makes email replies hard to follow and is can be contradictory with a tools like public mailing lists. If there's no point, how can I convince whoever set the policy of this?
The disclaimers added to the end of
emails are not legally binding, but
it's always good practice to try and
disclaim liability'. Michael Chissick,
Head of Internet law at Field Fisher
Waterhouse (March 2000 Internet
Magazine, 'All work and no play')
Disclaimer: No suitability of this answer is expressed or implied for any question asked on ServerFault.com. The opinions expressed in this answer do not reflect those of the answer's employer, spouse, or the family cat.
I work for a global company who have stated that they do not put legal disclaimers on emails as they are not legally binding. They also argue, and i think rightly, that such disclaimers leave people with a false sense of security.
As always, consult a legal expert in your area if you want to really know for sure. However, it's generally difficult to force a person to agree to terms simply to appending them to an EMail that the person receives. I doubt it would constitute a "contract."
Consider this: If the "contract" at the end of the EMail were legally binding, you could just append the disclaimer, "Anyone reading this must pay me $2 per word of my EMail." Do you think that would hold up in court?