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In Outlook - if you mark an email as private, can anyone but the recipient see it?

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In Outlook - if you mark an email as private, can anyone but the recipient see it?
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by:CMIT_ChiNorth
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Please help.
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Private, Personal, and Confidential are only suggestions to the recipient: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/mark-a-message-as-private-personal-or-confidential-HP005242880.aspx

From that page they do have a link about restricting permissions to e-mails, but there's not a lot of information there. It appears it would be something the system administrator would have to set up and even then would just be for people within your Exchange server.

If you want to keep messages private, you may want to consider encryption like PGP (not free, but easier to set up: http://www.symantec.com/business/theme.jsp?themeid=pgp) or GPG (free, but harder to set up http://www.gnupg.org/)
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Recipients can take any actions on the message that they want to, such as forwarding the message to another person. If you want to help prevent recipients' actions on a message, you can create an e-mail message with restricted permission.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/create-an-e-mail-message-with-restricted-permission-HP001043471.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HP005242880
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by:David Lee
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Hi, CMIT_ChiNorth.

Setting the Personal option on a message does not prevent the recipient form sending it on to someone else.  As guizwedge pointed out "Personal" is really just an indicator to the recipient that you intend the message only for them.  The only restriction it has on message visibility pertains to delegates.  Delegates cannot normally see items that are marked as personal unless the owner of the mailbox specifically gives a delegate the ability to view personal items.  
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CMIT_ChiNorth, is there anything else with this question that we can help you with?
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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