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Calling The Disclaimer Bluff

by Greg Young  |  December 17, 2008  |  1 Comment

I got this in the signature line in an email I received from a local elected official:

No matter what corporate confidentiality disclaimer may appear below please feel free to share this message as you wish.

I don’t share the security DNA of the harrumphing he-harridans of haughtiness so I won’t be harrumphing.  Instead I commend this politician for being clear on what is sensitive and what is not.  Last I checked the email forwarding jails were empty of offenders yet well appointed with security awareness posters.  I’m reminded of my tour of Churchill’s bunker and finding out the ceiling wasn’t thick enough to withstand much beyond a stern axis glance let alone a good sized bomb.  But it made the cabinet feel better…

When we treat lightly sensitivity labels we confuse ourselves as to what is really an asset of value.

An opt-in sensitivity label would be be preferable, which then gets me to verify and re-enter the email addresses.   But only then.

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  1. Stiennon says:

    You shur write pretty. Wasted on RN’s!



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