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5 ESI Lessons to Learn From the Clinton Email Scandal 0

5 ESI Lessons to Learn From the Clinton Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has plagued her presidential campaign for more than a year. Just when the negative media attention seemed to have died down around her use of a private email server to conduct government business while secretary of state, a recently launched FBI investigation suggested that several thousand additional emails were not in the initial trove of documents Clinton’s lawyers shared with the State Department last year. Now, with weeks to go before the November election, this latest iteration of the email scandal could have a severe impact on the outcome of the polls. The Clinton team’s handling of their email communications illustrates the importance of handling electronically stored information (ESI) properly to avoid security issues, compliance violations or worse. While aspiring leaders might walk away from the situation vowing to keep all work-related correspondence professional and open, members of the press—in the wake of reports that only one of the 15,000 reported “new emails” is actually new—might re-evaluate their research processes before putting pen to paper. The bottom line: The entire email scandal could have been avoided if appropriate email archiving systems had been in place from the beginning. This eWEEK slide show, based on an interview with Greg Arnette, founder and CTO of cloud information archiving company Sonian, identifies five lessons businesses can learn from Clinton’s email mishaps to ensure they steer clear of email-related controversy and potential legal entanglements.

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