BLUF

This article explains what you need to know about the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) field in your emails. What BCC is, when to use it, the dos and don’ts and FAQs.

Summary

BCC stands for Blind Carbon Copy. The CC (Carbon Copy) comes from using carbon paper to create copies of letters.
BCC achieves the same thing as CC except that any address added to the BCC field is hidden from the recipients of the sent email, maintaining privacy and confidentiality when required.
Do use BCC to:
Don’t use BCC:
  • If you need to communicate with people that are familiar with each other.
  • For internal marketing and corporate emails.
  • The initial introduction of people.
  • Secretly include the boss on ‘check up’ emails.
  • Too often.
  • Using BCC is easy. Just add the email address to the BCC field generally found under the ‘CC’ field and send as normal.