Friday, April 25, 2014
It is embarrassing, but it has probably happened to you. Have you ever accidently hit "send" on an email only to realize it was sent to the wrong person or you "reply all" when you meant to make your response private? Wish you hadn't?
Now, using a new free service developed by two Harvard students called Pluto Mail you can unsend an email after it has been sent. The email is retracted with two simple steps. The recipient then receives an email and subject line stating, "This message has expired." Pluto Mail allows users to edit emails after they have been sent so long as they have not been opened. The service also works with your current email client and email address with a set up similar to Outlook. However, there are still some creative ways to access the expired information. Currently, there is a waitlist for this service but you can sign up on the site's website.
See Robert Ambrogi, Unsend Email? Two Harvard Students Have a Way, Law Sites, Apr. 24, 2014.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.