Professionally, email signatures are almost as important as the body of the email. One wants the recipient of the email to have all of one's contact information. However, saved email signatures have become not only the most dangerous threat to privacy, but also, a monumental risk to corporate and national security interests. Email signatures can easily be infused with viruses and malware so as to facilitate spying activities. Because the signature is an unchanging aspect of every communication, it can be tracked and thereby used to provide access to every email to which it is appended.
In many countries, including the United States, having an email signature is routine among employees. Virtually every major corporation or business entity, law firms, hospitals and medical offices, colleges and universities, government offices, as well as personal communications all utilize email signatures. The computer coding for facilitating the creation of an email signature is relatively uniform. Given that uniformity, it is likely that at least one country has established a tracking system that captures, catalogues and stores every email to which a signature is appended. The potential for collecting an immense treasure trove of global medical, national security, and confidential corporate information is jolting. In recent years, both China and the United States have devoted billions of dollars to constructing massive electronic storage systems. Apparently the storage systems in the United States are almost all empty. However, we probably should look into what is being stored in China's storage systems.
When you know that the container you are using to hold information has three hundred leaks through which that information is escaping, it is futile and disingenuous to devote time and resources to plugging and repairing only three of the leaks. We should eschew the piecemeal approach to problem solving and begin to recognize that we must develop and implement uniform global methodologies for resolving some of these issues. The easy global solution to the email debacle is to ensure that all email signatures have been fully and securely encrypted and sealed. Service providers should no longer be used for sending and receiving emails unless they immediately notify their users of this potential security breach, and enable secure sealing and encryption of email signatures, separate and apart from any additional encryption of the entire email.
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