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Stupid disclaimer

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Today I received a business proposal with the following disclaimer:

“E-mails are susceptible to corruption, interception and unauthorized amendment, reason for which the sender does not responsible for possible alterations of the original text and their consequences.”

Well, if that is the case, how should I:

a) Take this seriously?
b) Make sure the proposed price will be final?

So, what do I need? A signed paper hand delivered?

Written by netmask

fevereiro 21, 2008 às 13:17

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  1. What should they do? Take responsibility if a third party change the e-mail contents while it is on the way to you? 8)

    They just said the truth: e-mail is not 100% reliable, unless you have a secure method to make sure the contents were not changed by a third party.

    Even without the disclaimer, the situation would be exactly the same. How many of the vendors that don’t have that disclaimer digitally sign their messages? 😉

    Eduardo Habkost

    fevereiro 21, 2008 at 13:41

  2. So people should start using GPG. That would be a decent start.

    netmask

    fevereiro 21, 2008 at 13:55

  3. I’ll add the following disclaimer to all contracts I sign:

    > Paper is susceptible to corruption, interception and unauthorized amendment, reason for which the signer is not responsible for possible alterations of the original text and their consequences.

    Leonardo Boiko

    fevereiro 21, 2008 at 15:12

  4. leoboiko: you are responsible if people mess with your paper contract, because you keep a copy of the contract with you, that is signed by the other party. You should take care this copy is safe and others don’t mess with it.

    Eduardo Habkost

    fevereiro 21, 2008 at 15:23


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