Mechanics' Privacy At Risk?

Mechanics’ Privacy At Risk? Privacy on the Web By Stephen P. Prentice February 2001 Most of us, no doubt, are aware of the continuing legal wrangle between the big airline and their mechanics. The airline sued their mechanics and...


Lawyers have it best
Lawyers’ communications with their clients are private and privileged. This means no one can discover that information absent compelling reasons. So, if the man with the site was a lawyer, he could claim that all the communications are private and privileged. Is there something there perhaps? If I had a website and invited comments to my site boards, all the comments sent could be considered as privileged communications by my clients and thus protected from discovery. The downside of the bulletin board approach however, is the argument that the information is for general publication.
Here’s what lawyers say in their faxes and other communications:
"This transmission is intended for the sole use of the individual to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination or distribution by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If your receipt of this transmission is in error, please notify the sender immediately by collect call and send the original back to us by return mail (COD) to the above address."
By the way, if I happen to receive a subpoena, it would be just my luck that my computer would crash! Stay tuned, more coming up here.

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