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.
E-mail is No Different
The same thing happens with e-mail 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 e-mail listing all those they are sending to visibly displayed in the To: field! And by doing so they are clearly exposing their contact’s e-mail 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 e-mail 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 e-mail address in the To: field and everyone else in the BCc: field to protect their e-mail addresses from unnecessary exposure.
I get inquiries from folks who have been on the receiving end of such e-mail and there are two issues they ask me about:
- How do I let this person know I don’t appreciate them publicizing my e-mail address to people I don’t know? What were they thinking!?
- Is it okay to e-mail all the other people whose addresses are in the To: field along with mine?
So as you can see, your contacts not only do not appreciate their e-mail addresses being made public without their permission but 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 e-mail.
Do not assume those you e-mail don’t care about this topic — they do!
Part of this problem is the BCc: is not visible by default with some programs. In some cases it isn’t easy to find and you have to search for the BCc: option. Search the Help tab or support Web site for your e-mail software for more information and find out how to BCc:.
Knowing how to use the BCc: option of your e-mail 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!