Our guidance on how to use CC and BCC in email.

The CC and BCC you see on your email client comes from the days when memos were typed. CC means carbon copy - the memo was given to one person, but someone else received a carbon copy. The carbon was the paper put between the first copy and the second to make the print on the second copy. BCC - blind carbon copy meant that the person who was receiving the carbon copy's initials were not on the first copy. The recipient of the first copy didn't know who else had received the memo.

Obviously the technology has changed, but not much else. CC is still used to let someone else know some information, and BCC is used when the recipient shouldn't know who else received the copy. There was etiquette to using this method of copying then, and it still exists now.

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