Anyone notice the growth in the postscript statements protecting the sender and warning the recipient against all manner of email misuse and abuse - the ones stating that the contents are confidential, if sent by accident, etc?

The word count record from one Trust so far is a whisker short of 300 words. The green credentials were the only thing missing, 'think before you print - save the world'.

Here is my own 'official' end of email statement.

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential. The usual rules apply about data protection, freedom of information, health and safety, fire regulations, diversity training, basic life support and CRB checks. If you are not the intended recipient, that's obviously very silly of me but any reading, printing, storage, disclosure, copying or any other action taken in respect of this email is prohibited and may be unlawful. In some countries that might result in extraordinary rendition where you will relive medieval practices, allegedly. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify me immediately by using the reply function (arrow facing left) and then permanently delete (X button) what you have received. If you are reading this, you really have far too much time on your hands.

Incidentally, no animals were harmed in the production of this blog.

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