A partial archive of discourse.wicg.io as of Saturday February 24, 2024.

Legal definition of email


Is there anything that defines email for legal purposes? Some RFCs discuss electronic mail but without defining it. I came across a government site that accepts confidential information but says that emails are public information, and I suppose we all know an email when we see it, but many contact forms effectively send an email and when I go to my email service provider and compose an email that I then send I compose it in a form. So I wonder if the form is irrelevant to whether an online communication is an email. Is it only email if there’s an “@” in the address? If the content is sent through headers but without an “@” does that define it as not email? I’m not really asking substantive questions here; I’m trying to identify a source that already defines the term. Thanks.

  1. I believe that all protocols should be reviewed with the web community/RFC and the community responsible for the protocol together with companies and public persons
  2. About your question, the email protocol is made in RFC - however each company can implement email in the way it thinks best according to its business model or data security and privacy policy - most companies follow gdpr so that data is better managed
  3. the @ symbol is for the email because whoever invented the email associated @ to the email
  4. If you are concerned about privacy, an alternative is to use email with blockchain - but there are few companies that use this technology - I don’t want to nominate any company, but so… search for Protonmail or alternatives like Protonmail - it’s an encrypted email with free and paid plan