Don’t Brush Off Email Privacy

Don't show a disregard for your contacts email privacy.

Do you show a blatant disregard for your contact’s privacy? How would you feel if your contacts — whether business or personal — decided to take your phone number and give it out to strangers? Strangers who you don’t know.

Strangers who may use your phone number to contact you about something you’re not interested in. Or worse yet, who may sell your phone number to telemarketing companies to do the same.

Email is No Different

The same thing happens with email addresses every single day. We’ve all had this happen to us and it’s not okay.

Has this happened to you? You receive a message or forwarded email listing all those they are sending to visibly displayed in the To: field. And by doing so they are clearly exposing their contact’s email addresses, including yours, to strangers.

If the only thing all those addresses have in common is the sender, they have breached their contact’s privacy. They’ve publicized email addresses to strangers.

With that reflects a complete disregard for privacy. Not to mention a lack of tech savvy.

One Simple Tip

Whenever you are sending to a group of onliners — here’s a really simple tip. Put your email address in the To: field and everyone else in the BCc: field to protect their email addresses from unnecessary exposure.

I get inquiries from folks who have been on the receiving end of such email and there are two issues they consistently ask me about:

  1. How do I let this person know I don’t appreciate them publicizing my email address to people I don’t know? What were they thinking!?
  2. Is it okay to email all the other people whose addresses are in the To: field along with mine?

Your contacts do not appreciate their email addresses being made public without their permission. At the same time there are those that assume they can then spam those addresses because they are visible.

By not protecting your contact’s privacy you are in fact opening them up to additional unwanted unasked for email. Not a way to build trust.

Do not assume those you email don’t care about this topic.

They do.

Part of this problem is the BCc: is not visible by default. With some programs, it isn’t easy to find and you have to search for the BCc: option. Search the Help tab or support website for your email software for more information and find out how to BCc:.

Knowing how to use the BCc: option of your email software is essential to protecting your contact’s addresses. Show you “get it” and respect your contact’s privacy. Wherever BCc: may hide, find it and use it!

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