Keith's note: I just got an email from [firstname.lastname@example.org] inviting me to an event on the 9th floor today. The email (from someone at Valador Inc. who works at NASA, uses a NASA.gov email account, sent this on official NASA business) had this rather odd disclaimer at the bottom (twice):
"Visit http://www.gov.uk/fco for British foreign policy news and travel advice and http://blogs.fco.gov.uk to read our blogs. Please note that all messages sent and received by members of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and its missions overseas may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded in accordance with the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000. We keep and use information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. We may release this personal information to other UK government departments and public authorities."
Why is anyone at NASA (an American government agency) sending out official email with a disclaimer that suggests that people (most likely Americans) visit a foreign government's official website - and then warn these same Americans that "We may release this personal information to other UK government departments and public authorities"?
Keith's update: I am told that the person who sent me the email was forwarding it from someone who had forwarded it from the UK Embassy ...