Though she’s not really one to stay out of the news for that long, Hillary Clinton made headlines earlier this year—and not the good kind—when it was revealed she used a personal email account and private server to conduct government business as Secretary of State.
Per federal recordkeeping laws and regulations, emails sent by all top government officials are to be captured and retained permanently. In this light, Clinton’s actions were largely inconceivable, according to Jason R. Baron, co-chair of the IGI and counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath.
“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario—short of nuclear winter—where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” Jason said at the time.
Clinton’s actions raised many questions regarding the security of her communications, whether she used her personal account to send classified communications and whether the State Department would be able to meet FOIA obligations. But at the same time, her actions also shined a light on the importance of sustainable and reliable email archiving—particularly in regards to fulfilling legal obligations, as emails are usually the first thing requested in litigation.
To learn how to better secure your emails, please join Jason on Tuesday, June 30 at 1 p.m. EDT for a webinar called “e-Discovery Proof Your Email Archive.” He’ll be joined by Charter Supporter ZyLAB’s Mary Mack and Johannes Scholtes. Together, they’ll talk about how to configure email archives so as to make sure organizations are best positioned to easily locate emails in the event e-Discovery commences.
For more information or to register for the webinar, please click here.