Disabling delivery and read receipts in Exchange Online

The default configuration for Office 365’s Exchange server is to automatically respond to requests for mail delivery reports. If like me you don’t want to divulge this information then here is what you need to do.

Follow these steps to block all forms of email delivery and read receipts …

Exchange Admin Centre > mail flow > remote domains > Default 
Untick 'Allow delivery reports' and 'Allow non-delivery reports'
Save
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Next create four separate mail flow rules to remove these mail headers:
 
Disposition-Notification-To
Return-Receipt-To
Receipt-Requested-To
X-Confirm-Reading-To
 
Exchange Admin Centre > mail flow > rules > +
Create a new rule > More options...

Apply this rule if... The Sender is located... Outside the organization
Do the following... Modify the message properties...
Remove a message header (paste a header as above)
Save
You should end up with four rules like these:
 
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Those mail flow rules should strip out the headers and block read receipts before they reach a recipient’s mailbox, but just to be sure:
 
Outlook > Settings > View all Outlook settings > Email
Message handling > Read receipts > Never send a response
Save
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