re: This Email Will Self-Destruct: AT&T Seeks Patent
As I was reading this article, I wondering what these companies would do for reporting or legal purposes if the emails self-destructed. Then I saw Schueren's comment that businesses could be exposed to legal liabilities. I'd have to agree with this, but I would further note that this could create some transparency issues for both businesses and governmental entities. It would be a lot harder to maintain an open and transparent government if this ability allowed government employees to send self-destructing emails to hide certain details from the public.