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Chapter 1. Beware Potential Perils > E-Mail Can Be E-mbarrassing

E-Mail Can Be E-mbarrassing

One individual with poor judgment or a lack of regard for the company’s computer resources can trigger a high-profile disaster that can embarrass employees, employers, and shareholders alike.

Real-Life E-Disaster

When a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) employee inadvertently sent a dirty joke titled “Nuns in Heaven” to 6,000 journalists and government officials, the joke was on the FCC. Rather than e-mailing the joke to his intended reader (a friend), the employee (responsible for mailing the FCC’s “Daily Digest” to this same group of 6,000) inadvertently sent the off-color joke to every reporter and decision-maker on the agency’s group list. One employee’s lapse in judgment and electronic mistake resulted in negative publicity and national embarrassment for the FCC.[17]


[17] L. Nicholson, “Oops, Wrong E-Mail Address List. A Dirty Joke Goes Global,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 8, 1999.


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