Here's the news piece: (and yes I know it's almost 2 weeks old)
In a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court, a Republican activist seeks to
force Gov. Sarah Palin to produce copies of official correspondence she sent
and received on private e-mail accounts.
Andrée McLeod filed the suit Wednesday and publicized it in a news release
today. "Rather than using her state e-mail account, throughout her two-year
tenure as Governor of Alaska, defendant Sarah Palin, as a matter of routine,
has used, and, on information and belief, continues to use, (at least) two
private e-mail accounts... to conduct official business of the State of
Alaska," the suit alleges.
Okay, here comes the advice part:
(snip)... email controversy serves as a wake up call to information
management practitioners regardless of the jurisdiction or department we
serve – public business communication must be preserved, protected and
disclosed regardless of the individual format, program or communication
channel that is used.
Back to basics – manage the content, not the container it came in. Use of
unsanctioned email, text, chat or other electronic communication tools does
not preclude the record from inclusion in an ATIP/FOI or discovery order in
most jurisdictions. Unmanaged, uncontrolled business correspondence is a
time bomb in government and commercial enterprise.
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