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Is it illegal to send email to someone’s work account?

No, it is not illegal. The company has no standing to punish you for that. Companies can't sue random people for sending random email... that was largely settled under the (YOU)-CAN-SPAM Act, when in ...
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Is it legal for a company to require you to delete your account to unsubscribe from marketing emails?

No, it's not legal. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) apply given that you are in the UK (regardless of where the Data Processor is based). The UK GDPR is slightly modified due to Brexit,...
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Does a boilerplate "This email is private" message have any legal force?

Do these warnings have any legal force? In the United States, no. They do not have any legal force. Some have tried to argue that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) applies; however, ...
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Is it legal for a company to require you to delete your account to unsubscribe from marketing emails?

Unless a stipulation in a contract is clearly illegal in the contract's stated jurisdiction, it's legal to have it in a contract, and the Terms of Service (TOS) you clicked through is a contract. If ...
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Is it illegal to send email to someone’s work account?

Sending the email with personal content to a corporate email account would not generally be illegal, depending obviously on jurisdiction but not anywhere I'm aware of. However, the content of the ...
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Personal devices subject to subpoena?

A litigant could issue a subpoena to you demanding the information on your phone relevant to their case. If your employer or you are parties to a lawsuit, you can also be required to provide ...
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Is there any chance I could get in legal trouble if I respond to a job rejection email like this?

People over at the workplace already told you: don't. Just don't. But since your question here is whether it is illegal, I'll answer that question: No, it's not. It's perfectly legal in the US to be ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Not that I am aware of. A person who 'owns' a domain is entitled to utilize that domain including for the purposes of receiving emails. With physical mail, it is a crime in most countries to ...
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Is an email legally binding for booking an apartment in Germany?

In most jurisdictions a message sent by email is now legally the same as one sent on paper by, say, postal mail, and a name typed at the end, or other indication of source is the legal equivalent of a ...
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Is it legal to CC a real or fake lawyer on an email as an intimidation tactic? What if this is combined with registering a new domain?

A standard common law fraud analysis applies to the person to whom the representation was made. Is it a misrepresentation of a material fact, made with the intent that it be relied upon, which is ...
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Deducing and using an email address under GDPR

First take a look at Article 13(1) of Directive 2002/58/EC Article 13 Unsolicited communications The use of automated calling systems without human intervention (automatic calling ...
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Does a boilerplate "This email is private" message have any legal force?

In the US, this is generally legalistic puffery. There are prohibited acts such as breaking into a person's Gmail account or hacking into their computer, whereby one might see such an email, but such "...
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Is accepting to receive emails as part of user terms legal in GDPR?

No. You have to ask for specific permission to send marketing emails, and can't make it a condition of making a purchase since marketing emails are clearly not necessary for that. When accepting the ...
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Is it illegal to pre-check the email opt-in option for an html form?

Article 4(11) says: ‘consent’ of the data subject means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear ...
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"For people in Canada" in MS Teams' "Your daily briefing" email

Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL)1 at the time was more strict than the regulations in other countries (e.g. CAN-SPAM Act in the U.S.). Notably, it applied to all emails sent to people in Canada, ...
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Is it illegal to send email to someone’s work account?

Sending the email is not illegal. But keep in mind that in many companies, especially larger ones, any and all email that an employee sends or receives in a corporate account may be read by company ...
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How do email delivery services store users' email addresses in a GDPR compliant way?

GDPR is not a blanket ban on the handling of personal data. It is a set of guidelines when and how data may be processed and stored. Documenting the compliance with a deletion request is one of many ...
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Can I be sued for failing to secure an email I didn't request?

The second paragraph actually says that your e-mail address will become public record if you send an e-mail message to them. That's because there's a Florida law that requires this. If you want to ...
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Left Job with all acounts, etc. with personal email

What's the worst that can happen? If you do nothing, it's a bit inconvenient. If you delete all that company's stuff, who knows what they could sue you for. I'm not saying they would be right, but ...
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Can I freely redistribute attachments in emails? [USA]

tl;dr Assume everything is as in the original question, but let's also say there's some generic accompanying text in the email to the effect of "Check this out." As nomenagentis mentions, the topic ...
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Written evidence vs terms of service

"Fraud" requires an intent to deceive. In cases like this I would fall back on the saying, "Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence." Practically speaking: the email you ...
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Regularly receiving a stranger's emails

I spent 26 years in Law Enforcement (two years in Fraud, Identity Theft, and Embezzlement) and here is the answer I would often give other people in this situation: By law, recipients are not ...
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Can I refuse to send an email to untrusted domain

Communicate how you like You are under no obligation to use any particular method of communication. If you don’t want to use email use the post. Or hand-deliver your messages (probably better to use a ...
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Is it illegal to pre-check the email opt-in option for an html form?

If you are relying on consent as the legal basis for this processing of personal data, then it MUST be opt-in. Pre-ticked checkboxes are not compliant. If you are relying on a legitimate interest ...
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Will a court order be taken out for this? Could the FBI get involved in something like this?

It is not a crime or a tort to accidentally sign in to an email provider with an incorrect email address, even if that address is actually held by some other person. Not attempting to enter a password ...
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GDPR Disclaimer On Cold Call Emails

That GDPR Disclaimer is no protection in some jurisdictions: the applicable laws to that situation in germany for example don't care about the GDPR: Cold calling, mailing, or e-mailing private people ...
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Is it legal to CC a real or fake lawyer on an email as an intimidation tactic? What if this is combined with registering a new domain?

For a private individual: yes. For a business: no There is no doubt that not only is this misleading, but it is also intentionally misleading: the purpose is to create the belief in the recipient that ...
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