The dangers of using BCC

Discussion in 'Email Discussions' started by popowich, May 3, 2015.

  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    I recommend using BCC for a variety of purposes including protecting your contacts email addresses when sending forwards. It should be noted that while BCC is great for some purposes, it doesn't always protect a recipient from finding out there was a BCC on a previous email. For example, consider the following:

    From: User 1
    To: User 2
    BCC: User 3

    If User 3 does a reply-all and responds to the email, User 2 will find out that User 1 BCC'ed recipients in the original email.

    How much this could matter depends on the email, if it impacts user 1 if user 2 finds out, or if user 3's identity is accidentally revealed when doing a reply-all instead of a simple reply to user 1.
     


  2. THERESA

    THERESA Customer Service Staff Member

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    If you do it the proper way that is suggested in the link (TO: yourself
    BCC: everyone else), would the "reply all" button show up? If it would, and someone hit reply all instead of reply, would it send the email to the people that were BCC'd accidentally?
     

  3. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    If they reply-all, in your case, only the original sender would receive the response since they don't know of any of the other recipients that were BCC'ed.
     

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