Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Want to unsend that email? Two Harvard law students offer a way to do it

Want to unsend that email? Two Harvard law students offer a way to do it.  It has been said, "you cannot unring a bell," and that statement appears to be challenged here.  Once someone reads the e-mail, then it has been seen.  Seen but unsent I suppose, a subtle, yet significant distinction.  What happens when the e-mail hits the recipient's inbox.  I assume the e-mail must be unsent in the time prior to it arriving in the inbox.  It does raise interesting legal issues with respect to electronic data.  For example, at what point is an e-mail discoverable?  If it is unsent, is it discoverable because it was sent at one point?  It depends on the facts.

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