Silencing Email Read Receipts: Why You Don’t Always Get What You Want

My latest is up at Attorney at Work this morning.  Click at the link below to discover why you don't always get that email Read Receipt, even when you've asked for it very, very nicely...

 

Silencing Email Read Receipts: Why You Don’t Always Get What You Want

Back in the day when I was a young and naive pup, I didn’t pay much attention to how my email was set up. I’d sometimes be surprised by a little pop-up that accompanied an email I’d just opened in Microsoft Outlook, asking me to please confirm receiving and reading that email: aka a “read receipt.”

I may have been naive in those days, but I was also (and still am) private and paranoid. My reflexive privacy twitch always caused my finger to click “no” every time that box appeared. (“No, you can’t know that I received and read your email—that’s my business, not yours.”) Eventually, I began poking around for a way to turn off those occasional, annoying pop-ups.