Cc and Bcc are fields that contains the list of the recipients of an email. The Cc field is used when we want a second party to have a record of an email that is sent to the primary recipient and let the primary recipients have knowledge of this. The Bcc field is used when we want a third party to keep the record of an email sent to primary recipients, the recipients of Cc without their knowledge.
The basic difference between Cc and Bcc is that the recipients of Cc are visible to all, on the other hand, the recipients of Bcc are not visible to any other recipient of any other field. Let us study the difference between Cc and Bcc with the help of comparison chart shown below.
Content: Cc Vs Bcc
|Basis for Comparison||Cc||Bcc|
|Full form||Carbon Copy||Blind Carbon Copy|
|Working||A recipient of Cc field is visible to the primary recipients of To: field, other recipients of Cc and recipients of Bcc field.||A recipient of Bcc field is neither visible to recipients of To: field, nor to recipients of Cc field and not even to the other recipients of Bcc field.|
|Use||It is used to make the primary recipient more serious about the mail.||Use when you don't want to share the list of recipients with other recipients.|
Definition of Cc
Cc (Carbon Copy ) is a field in an email that contains the list of recipients. A recipient of Cc field has a record of the email sent to the primary recipient under To: field that means a recipient of Cc field also get the exact copy (or carbon copy) of the email that is received by a recipient in To: field. Now the primary recipient of To: field also knows that the recipient in Cc field has also received the same mail.
The Cc field is used when we want a second party to records the email sent to the primary recipient, and the primary recipient must have knowledge of this. For example, you are submitting project details to your team leader, and you also want that your project manager must have knowledge of this.
On the other hand, you also want that team leader must know that you have also sent the project details to the project manager also so, he has to take your mail seriously. In this case, the email address of project manager would lie under Cc field.
Definition of Bcc
Bcc (Blind carbon copy) is a field in an email that contains the list of recipients. A recipient in Bcc receives an exact carbon copy of the mail sent to the primary recipients in To: field. But, the recipients in Bcc field are neither visible to the recipients of To: field and nor visible to recipients of Cc field, even the other recipient in the list of Bcc do not have knowledge of this.
The Bcc field is used when we want a third party to record an email sent to the primary recipients but, without disturbing the privacy of primary recipients.
For example, you want that your manager must know about all the assignments that you assign to your junior without the junior having knowledge of this. You have to put the email address of your manager in Bcc in this way you will keep your manager in the conversation loop without the knowledge of your junior. Or if you want to send a mail to a long list of recipients, but you don’t want to share the list of recipients with anyone then you must use Bcc field.
Key Differences Between Cc and Bcc
- The full form of Cc is Carbon Copy which indicates that the exact carbon copy of the mail has to be sent to the recipients addressed in Cc field. On the other hand, the full form of Bcc is Blind Carbon Copy as the recipients under Bcc are not know to the other recipients.
- The primary recipients know that the recipients under Cc field have also received an exact copy of the mail. On the other hand, the primary recipients, recipients under Cc field and the other recipients of Bcc field do not know that a bcc recipient has got the mail.
- Cc field is used when you do not want the recipient under Cc to take any action but let him know that the mail has been sent to a primary recipient and even let a primary recipient know that the mail has been sent to the recipients under Cc also. On the other hand, the Bcc field is used when you do not want to disclose to the primary recipients, recipients under Cc and the other recipients of Bcc also, that a third party has also received the mail.
Cc and Bcc both have there equal importance and they should be used according to the requirement.