What does BCC mean in Gmail

To-Cc-Bcc - who is the email going to?

Not just annoying ...

If a private e-mail address, which is known only to a few people in order to protect privacy, is now mentioned in a mass e-mail in the To or Cc field, the ad-free e-mail account is usually over. Because the address can be found by viruses or worms on infected PCs and thus end up in the distribution lists of SPAM senders.

... but also a data protection violation, ...

According to the Federal Data Protection Act, an email address, which usually also contains the first and last name, is a personal date and therefore deserves protection. The email address may only be passed on to third parties with the consent of the address holder or on a legal basis. Both cases are very likely not to exist, e.g. in the case of a mass e-mail such as that of a newsletter with an open e-mail distribution list.

... which can result in a fine!

Because the inadmissible disclosure of an email address is a fine. In a press release dated June 28, 2013, it was reported that the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision imposed a fine on an employee of a trading company who had sent a mass e-mail to an open e-mail distribution list. The actual e-mail was half a page, the remaining 9 ½ pages were e-mail addresses.

So stay vigilant!

An email is written quickly. So please take the time to carefully enter the recipient addresses in the appropriate fields. Perhaps you would also ask a colleague to look over it again before sending it?

One tip at the end ...

For e-mails that are to be sent to many recipients via Bcc, simply enter your own organization e-mail address as the main recipient address in the To field. This can be identical to the sender address without any problems.

… and another one:

Do you send out newsletters more often by email? Then maybe you should consider a professional newsletter delivery service. In order to comply with data protection regulations, however, it is essential that you conclude a data processing contract with the service provider before submitting your list of email recipients.