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Subject:Re: Anon and other list restrictions From:Nora Merhar <MERHAR -at- ALENA -dot- BITNET> Date:Mon, 25 Sep 1995 08:40:08 CDT
> :>I have also heard that "you shouldn't put anything in e-mail that you
> :>write on a postcard." Even if you're posting anonymously, if someone is
> :>determined enough, I expect they can find you.
and Cathy responded with
> I'm sure somebody, somewhere, has the tools to get the information BUT (back
> to my legit-use example above), I doubt one's office mate or boss or
> political rival :) is going to be able to track the message back to the
I just have to mention a situation I read about recently in the Chicago Tribune.
It seems that a woman was fired under what she felt were suspicious
circumstances, and brought a lawsuit against the company. There was no paper
trail to indicate that anything untoward had gone on--HOWEVER, buried deep
within the computer system and long ago deleted was found an e-mail from one of
her superiors to another, demanding that they "get rid of the bitch" in any way
possible. Needless to say, the woman won her lawsuit.
I don't know anything about the particulars of e-mail, as far as what actually
could be found (ones you sent? ones you received? only internal?) but this
incident did make me think about all the e-mails I've sent and received over the
past few years. I intend to be VERY CAREFUL in the future.