How prevent recipient from seeing Categories assigned to email?

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I *JUST LEARNED* that recipients of emails I send can see the category(s) I

assigned to the email! This is freaking me out!

Imagine I am a psychologist. I create a category for each client. The

category formula is:

Last, First Condition First Visit Date

e.g.

Rodriguez, Alex DRUG ABUSE 4/1/2003

Baldwin, Alec ANGER MNGT 5/3/2006

Ryder, Winona KLEPTOMANIA 11/21/2003

Every time I make an appointment or task, I assign it to the client via the

Category in Outlook 2003.

BUT...If I send an email and want to assign a category, EVERY RECIPIENT SEES

the category(s) in the Keywords header. How do I NOT have this happen?!

e.g. if I send an email to a counseling list serve, but assign a category(s)

because it relates to a client, everyone will see the client's name,

condition,and when they started seeing me.

How to prevent this? Is there an answer?

I know that bcc's are not seen by others. How can one make 'Categories' like

that?
 
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neo [mvp outlook]

#2
I know that Outlook 2007 has inbox rules that let you clear the categories

at time of receive or send of a message. I don't believe this feature

exists in earlier versions, but its worth a peek to be sure.

"SecurityMinded" <SecurityMinded> wrote in message

news:754F249E-9867-45A3-BA7E-5E524B3C7DBE@microsoft.com...
> I *JUST LEARNED* that recipients of emails I send can see the category(s) I
> assigned to the email! This is freaking me out!

> Imagine I am a psychologist. I create a category for each client. The
> category formula is:

> Last, First Condition First Visit Date

> e.g.

> Rodriguez, Alex DRUG ABUSE 4/1/2003
> Baldwin, Alec ANGER MNGT 5/3/2006
> Ryder, Winona KLEPTOMANIA 11/21/2003

> Every time I make an appointment or task, I assign it to the client via
> the
> Category in Outlook 2003.

> BUT...If I send an email and want to assign a category, EVERY RECIPIENT
> SEES
> the category(s) in the Keywords header. How do I NOT have this happen?!

> e.g. if I send an email to a counseling list serve, but assign a
> category(s)
> because it relates to a client, everyone will see the client's name,
> condition,and when they started seeing me.

> How to prevent this? Is there an answer?

> I know that bcc's are not seen by others. How can one make 'Categories'
> like
> that?
>
 
V

VanguardLH

#3
NOTE: microsoft.public.security was removed from my reply (as this is an

issue of how the user chooses to use the product).

SecurityMinded wrote:

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> I *JUST LEARNED* that recipients of emails I send can see the
> category(s) I assigned to the email! This is freaking me out!
> Imagine I am a psychologist. I create a category for each client. The
> category formula is:

> Last, First Condition First Visit Date

> e.g.: Rodriguez, Alex DRUG ABUSE 4/1/2003
> Baldwin, Alec ANGER MNGT 5/3/2006
> Ryder, Winona KLEPTOMANIA 11/21/2003

> Every time I make an appointment or task, I assign it to the client
> via the Category in Outlook 2003. BUT...If I send an email and want
> to assign a category, EVERY RECIPIENT SEES the category(s) in the
> Keywords header. How do I NOT have this happen?! e.g. if I send an
> email to a counseling list serve, but assign a category(s) because it
> relates to a client, everyone will see the client's name,
> condition,and when they started seeing me.

> How to prevent this? Is there an answer? I know that bcc's are not
> seen by others. How can one make 'Categories' like that?


Why are you assigning categories to *outbound* e-mails unless you want

the recipient to see or use them? This is something YOU add to your

outbound e-mails that you *do* want the recipient to have. Outlook is

faithfully following your command to add a category value in the Keyword

header. You told it to.

Assign the category to the sent copy of your e-mail (in the Sent Items

folder or wherever you move it using a rule). The one you add to

outbound e-mails is something you have chosen to share with the

recipient. If you don't want to share the category with the recipient,

don't and instead assign the category to your sent copy (after you send

the e-mail). An item can have multiple categories. Just because you

have your own private categories that you assign an item doesn't mean

those are the same ones that you share with others.

Why are you assigning categories to outbound e-mails that you don't want

to share with the recipients? If you feel compelled to add a category

to an outbound e-mail but then not share it with the recipient then you

probably should ask your mail admin to strip the Keywords header from

your outbound e-mails. You want the mail server to do something to

compensate for your misuse of attributes that you deliberately assign to

outbound e-mails. I suppose if you assign the importance (priority)

flag to your outbound e-mails to use them only for yourself and really

not share with the recipient then you need to have the mail server strip

those out, too. If you add some fixed content to your outbound e-mails

from a set of boilerplates (so you have it in your sent copy) but don't

want to have recipients see it in the received copy then you need to

have the mail server parse out and remove that, too. You're telling

Outlook to add the content but you really don't want it in anything

other than your own copy so you'll need to have an upstream filter or

the mail server take out what you put in.

If you or your company don't operate your own mail server (to strip out

what you chose to put in) then you will need to change your behavior to

comply with your wants. Instead of assigning a category to an outbound

e-mail while you are composing it and then sending it, compose the

e-mail without a category (or don't add any that you don't want to

share), send it, and then right-click on YOUR copy to assign [different

or more] categories to it. It's the same number of mouse clicks (click

on Options and click on Categories button versus right-click on item and

click on Categories).
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
#4
Why not use Contacts instead? You can link the items to the contacts and use

the activities tab in each contact to view the associated items.

"SecurityMinded" <SecurityMinded> wrote in message

news:754F249E-9867-45A3-BA7E-5E524B3C7DBE@microsoft.com...
> I *JUST LEARNED* that recipients of emails I send can see the category(s)
> I
> assigned to the email! This is freaking me out!

> Imagine I am a psychologist. I create a category for each client. The
> category formula is:

> Last, First Condition First Visit Date

> e.g.

> Rodriguez, Alex DRUG ABUSE 4/1/2003
> Baldwin, Alec ANGER MNGT 5/3/2006
> Ryder, Winona KLEPTOMANIA 11/21/2003

> Every time I make an appointment or task, I assign it to the client via
> the
> Category in Outlook 2003.

> BUT...If I send an email and want to assign a category, EVERY RECIPIENT
> SEES
> the category(s) in the Keywords header. How do I NOT have this happen?!

> e.g. if I send an email to a counseling list serve, but assign a
> category(s)
> because it relates to a client, everyone will see the client's name,
> condition,and when they started seeing me.

> How to prevent this? Is there an answer?

> I know that bcc's are not seen by others. How can one make 'Categories'
> like
> that?
>
 
Z
#5
Or, use outlook only as an email client, and use something a little more

secure for patient management, or whatever confidential activity you are

tracking.

"SecurityMinded" wrote:


> I *JUST LEARNED* that recipients of emails I send can see the category(s) I
> assigned to the email! This is freaking me out!

> Imagine I am a psychologist. I create a category for each client. The
> category formula is:

> Last, First Condition First Visit Date

> e.g.

> Rodriguez, Alex DRUG ABUSE 4/1/2003
> Baldwin, Alec ANGER MNGT 5/3/2006
> Ryder, Winona KLEPTOMANIA 11/21/2003

> Every time I make an appointment or task, I assign it to the client via the
> Category in Outlook 2003.

> BUT...If I send an email and want to assign a category, EVERY RECIPIENT SEES
> the category(s) in the Keywords header. How do I NOT have this happen?!

> e.g. if I send an email to a counseling list serve, but assign a category(s)
> because it relates to a client, everyone will see the client's name,
> condition,and when they started seeing me.

> How to prevent this? Is there an answer?

> I know that bcc's are not seen by others. How can one make 'Categories' like
> that?
>
 
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