Email signatures, and the disclaimers they carry.

Now, this has been niggling me for a while, email disclaimers, is it just me or are they getting bigger? I don’t mean in terms of byte size (who cares we live in a broadband world now?), but in the number of lines. So far this week, I’ve had a number of disclaimers attached to emails but so far the deloitte & Touche 23 line disclaimer is the winner.

If you have received this e-mail in error or wish to read our e-mail disclaimer statement and monitoring policy, please refer to the statement below or contact the sender.
This communication is from Deloitte & Touche LLP. Deloitte & Touche LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675. A list of members’ names is available for inspection at Stonecutter Court, 1 Stonecutter Street, London EC4A 4TR, United Kingdom, the firm’s principal place of business and registered office. Deloitte & Touche LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
This communication and any attachments contain information which is confidential and may also be privileged. It is for the exclusive use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s) please note that any form of disclosure, distribution, copying or use of this communication or the information in it or in any attachments is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please return it with the title “received in error” to then delete the email and destroy any copies of it.
E-mail communications cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error free, as information could be intercepted, corrupted, amended, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. We do not accept liability for any such matters or their consequences. Anyone who communicates with us by e-mail is taken to accept the risks in doing so.
When addressed to our clients, any opinions or advice contained in this e-mail and any attachments are subject to the terms and conditions expressed in the governing Deloitte & Touche LLP client engagement letter.
Opinions, conclusions and other information in this e-mail and any attachments which do not relate to the official business of the firm are neither given nor endorsed by it.

(yes i know it says it’s confidential, and i did have a mild concern but I searched the internet and found it three times)

Now this one was sent in a HTML email, so what is wrong with simply linking to the disclaimer on the bottom line of the email? and don’t even get me started on email systems that keep attaching the same disclaimer to every email, even when it already has it in.