Anyone who has been using email for a while has probably noticed that there are several possible fields to fill when you are addressing an email. Obviously the simplest and most straight-forward of these is the “To:” field, which is used to enter the recipient’s email address.
Beneath the “To:” field (or next to it, depending on the email program), there are two other options which are used a little less often. These are “BCC” and “CC”, and both of them of course have their own specific functions.
CC, which stands for Carbon Copy, is used to keep the recipients in the loop on information which might not be theirs directly, but which does concern them or of which they should be aware. For example, if an employee emails their direct superior regarding vacation time, they might also want to send a CC email to Human Resources to keep them informed.
BCC, which stands for Blind Carbon Copy, is used to send a copy of an email to a recipient whose email address will not appear in the message. BCC is very useful when sending emails to large groups of people whose information you do not want to disclose to everyone on the mailing list. This is useful for newsletters, advertisements and other mass emails.