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February 22, 2003

An interesting article(?) over at

An interesting article(?) over at LawMeme: James Grimmelman's "Accidental Privacy Spills: Musings on Privacy, Democracy, and the Internet."

One hopes one's friends don't just forward private emails to people who shouldn't see them, but it's always, always possible. Although I think the above incident is more of a tempest in a teapot, then again it didn't happen to me. Just look at poor Claire Swire or the dumbass Peter Chung. Of the latter, for whom I've absolutely no sympathy, I actually received the email as it made its way around the world likely millions of times over. Interestingly, with each forward, people didn't snip headers or email addresses, so I was able to see how the email eventually got round to me at my firm at the time. On this particular thread it traveled from other major law firms or investment banks, with attached comments like "I know this guy; what a jerk, he really deserves this!" And now such material is archived on the web for all to see, forever. Yikes.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:31 PM | Legal