Skip Nav
Movie Trailers
9 Sexy Movies Hitting Theaters in 2017
Humor
This Couple Just Went on the Ultimate Dream Date: Drunk Shopping at Target
Women's Health
Should You Go Commando? Here's What You Need to Know

Should Politicians' Personal Email Accounts Be Off-Limits?

Should Politicians' Personal Email Accounts Be Off-Limits?

Sarah Palin's Great Yahoo Purge of '08 has left a few dangling questions, and not just the identity of the "Anonymous" who cracked her inbox. Now that we've seen the screenshots, it appears as though Palin might have been using her personal account for crossover business-type communication. But most people have more than one email account, right? And sometimes depending on what's handiest or easily web-accessible, you might switch back and forth. Do the rules on personal email accounts change if you're a public official?

Though the emails weren't found to contain anything too damaging (or interesting really) critics are now locking sites on the fact that she was using a Yahoo account to begin with, saying that the move is somewhat Rovian (as in Karl) in nature. In 2007 the White House admitted that Rove and some of the higher ups used RNC email addresses for their correspondence, and because of this, some emails were hard to find when needed for various inquiries. Apparently right after Palin took office, her aides discussed the benefit of private email accounts, noting that messages sent to Palin's Blackberry "would be confidential and not subject to subpoena." With the confidential nature of the missives coupled with the notoriously hackable platform, should public officials shun private email altogether — or do they have a right to offers from Nigerian businessmen offering them great financial gains in private, too?

Source

Join The Conversation
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Kastarte, if you would like, I could start sending you an email telling you how to think. I'm betting that they would end in the trash unread though... ;)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
How come Steph gets an email and I don't? :cry:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
he he he
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
*joke* Yeah GS, Steph gets her daily Obama email telling her what to think. She doesn't need any other help. *The above is a joke.*
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
wow, I totally see your point Kast. And I agree.
stephley stephley 8 years
"Steph, in a million years I can't see you being so blase about this if it was BO's or bidens account hacked. Now this is where you say, they don't have yahoo, and generally skate around the real issue." Thanks GS, but I don't need suggestions as to how to respond.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
It's okay GS. Maybe I interpreted your comment wrong. You can't read tone after all. :hug: But I do think that something you an I can agree on is a lot of posters are petty. They are going to just defend their guy and damn the other no matter what the situation. At least that is the attitude I've seen displayed over the past couple weeks. I think if the situation were reversed and we were talking about Biden's email, Obama opposers would be calling him a fool for using his personal email for professional matters simply because he would be the enemy. I also think Obama supporters would be defending him tooth and nail. From what I've recently observed on these boards, I'm not sure we can expect anything better until November 5th.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I wasn't meaning to be condescending. Just stating a fact about the conservative platform. I'm sorry if it came across that way. Really.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Then I don't understand comment #77. sorry
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
What I do or don't understand about the conservative platform is irrelevant. I understand the posters on this board and just about everything is partisan and comes down to damning the opponent while defending your own guy. And, really, GS, there was no need to be condescending or insulting. And UnDave, if you refer to my comment number 68, you will see that I don't think her personal email is any of the public's business.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Wow my grammar was awful. Kast, if you understood the conservative platform you would know that isn't the case.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Kast, if you understand the conservative platform you would know that wasn't the case.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree torg. She shouldn't use her personal email for government business (I don't think she has). If she had used it for government business, then IMO it's should be open for public record.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
This is a tricky one. I don't think we should be privvy to personal emails. But if (and it's a big if) she used a personal email account to conduct state business and (another big) if that was because government email is public record whereas personal email is not, then it's something we need to know about.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't think so. I don't think any of the personal email accounts should be open for scrutiny. Don't you agree?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Lets be fair. If this were Obama or Biden, those on this thread that are so concerned with Palin's privacy would probably do a one eighty on their stance, too.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Personal accounts are just that, personal. A business or government email account should only be used for those things, and government emails should be open to public scrutiny, but a personal email should not be used for business, and should not be open to the public. I agree with GS, that no one here would be as blase about this if it were Obama's or Biden's personal email.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, in a million years I can't see you being so blase about this if it was BO's or bidens account hacked. Now this is where you say, they don't have yahoo, and generally skate around the real issue.
stephley stephley 8 years
But our government's made it clear, Americans can't expect total privacy.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I do not believe that personal or professional e-mail accounts should be open to anyone unless something becomes a legal matter. Whether it's about business or picking up the dry cleaning someones, anyone's, e-mail accounts should be off limits. I think it's ridiculous to even pose this question. If we as Americans expect total privacy then our leaders should expect no less unless a specific legal issue pops up and there is a warrant to access them.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that the thing to remember here is the word PERSONAL. it's like invading someone's mail box and opening their letters - which is a federal offense if i recall. i think that we all talk shop from time to time in a personal email but that should mean that people should have the right to really see what else is being discussed that way. it's an invasion of privacy and it's wrong. i'm sure that there's some limit to what people are allowed to consider to be public domain, and yes it's the internet so it's 'public' but if you need a password to access it then technically it 's NOT public
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
"Do the rules on personal email accounts change if you're a public official?" Why is this the question? If she used the personal email for business, then I would think those business emails should be subject so subpoena. I mean, really: "okay I have something to hide in my business dealings, I'll open a gmail account, email Sally that recipe she's asking for, and voila! instant immunity!"
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Ridiculous question. YES, politicians' PERSONAL email accounts should remain PERSONAL. But, I guess since the Patriot Act now exists, they may fall under the same scrutiny we the US public have been under.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Amen Kast!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I really don't see how her personal email is any of the public's business. It is only the public's concern if there is official state business, not if it is just her RSVPing to a baby shower or catching up with an old friend. If she conducted business with it, that was her mistake. She'll probably be more careful in the future.
Cecil the Lion's Son Dead
Megan Couto Becomes First Woman to Captain the Queen's Guard
What Is Generation Z?
Sexiest HGTV Star of 2016 Poll
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds