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White House Emails go MIA

Kim Hart

Email: We can't live without it, yet we also can't seem to stay organized with it.

Archiving email properly is a challenge for just about every corporation and government agency. Email messages, and how they're stored, have become critical to e-discovery in legal cases and network security as more and more sensitive information is exchanged via email.

Federal law requires that all White House emails are preserved. But, as many of you know, the White House is having trouble locating millions of records that likely contain sensitive data.

According to this online story by CIO Zone, an estimated 5 million White House emails have been lost. The story asks if the incident is the result of IT mistakes? Or is it a more deliberate attempt to leave no electronic fingerprint behind?

Officials are investigating. Back in January, Post reporters Elizabeth Williamson and Dan Eggen reported this story about the White House's lack of a comprehensive email archiving system.

A very interesting case of how important -- and elusive -- email can be.

By Kim Hart  |  August 21, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Bush is doing every thing he can to forstall a criminal indictment

Posted by: asclepious | August 22, 2008 3:58 PM

President Dubya Bush, just like Governor Dubya Bush did before, will probably transfer all his secret papers to his father's library in Texas so it will be off limits to reporters and other intrepid investigators. That way no skullduggery will be outed.

Posted by: Terry Utterback | August 22, 2008 10:32 PM

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Posted by: Alex | August 25, 2008 6:54 PM

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