Cover your ass

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Cover your ass (CYA) or cover your own ass (CYOA) describes professional and organizational practices that serve to protect oneself from legal and administrative penalties, criticism, or other punitive measures.

Common practices[edit]

As an example, just before the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the final launch approval by Morton Thiokol (the maker of the solid rocket boosters used during the launch) contained the following warning: "Information on this page was prepared to support an oral presentation and cannot be considered complete without the oral discussion". This warning, which was present even though the information was sent by fax, has been labelled as a CYA notice.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Economist, Financing terrorism: Looking in the wrong places. 20 October 2005
  2. ^ Edward R. Tufte, Visual Explanations. Graphics Press, 1997. pp. 26–53.