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Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water

Of course the Zen masters had it right. No matter what “enlightenment” you’re working towards, you still have to manage the day-to-day activities.

This is a bit like “Brexit”. Without going into the wrongs and wrongs of the referendum, this is a situation we all now have to deal with along with the day-to-day activities like taking care with our emails.

Leading “Brexiteer” Michael Gove’s wife Sarah Vine (a journalist) popped him a quick email offering advice on his campaign to lead the Conservative party… and then a grey mist took over and it appeared all over the internet .

It’s possible she mistakenly CC’d someone, it’s possible it was deliberately leaked but we now know it’s in the public domain.

Sadly Sarah has not been on one of our legal briefings, but if she had she would know the three key elements of our mantra: email is official, public and permanent. All written electronic communications (email, twitter, Instant Messaging, LinkedIn, etc) should be thought of in this way.

  • Official (it represents your organisation and is potentially actionable in law)
  • Public (you have no control where it might end up)
  • Permanent (it will be around for ever)

Before Brexit: write emails, accept the consequences.
After Brexit: write emails, accept the consequences

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