Thursday, February 26, 2009

What Do I Do With This?

I got an e-mail today from Jud Bennett. Jud is a former Lewes Councilperson who sends regular updates out to a large list that he calls the "Coastal Conservative Network." He uses it as a sort of e-mail-based blog and often forwards to the group e-mail he gets from others.

Today he sent along a message from former Sussex County Sheriff Bob Reed, who has apparently just been fired from his position as Police Chief in Preston, Maryland. The story is moderately interesting, but what has me wondering is the legalese appended to the end of Mr. Reed's e-mail:
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: This communication, including attachments, is for the exclusive use of addressee and may contain proprietary, confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, use, copying, dissemination, distribution or taking of any action in reliance on the content of this information is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return email and delete this communication and destroy all copies. Thank you.
I can't help thinking that I wasn't supposed to read this thing. Do I have to tell Jud about this? Or Mr. Reed? It says I have to "destroy all copies." Do I have to wipe my hard drive? Crush the laptop? Destroy the Google Mail servers?

If I do that, how can I inform Jud? I'm not sure what to do.

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