Jan 26, 2009

POTUS 2 STAFF: No IM

Concerned about employee use of instant messaging and email? So is President Obama. In fact, the White House is so concerned -- about security risks and record-keeping requirements, among other things -- that it has apparently banned instant messaging by staff. The Washington Post reports that Facebook is also off-limits, as are logins to outside email accounts. 

Not an easy transition for the team that used Web 2.0 (and the Internet in general) to such great effect during the campaign. On the other hand, e-security is a very real concern for many businesses -- not just because of viruses, hackers, and possible disclosure of confidential information, but also because all of these electronic communication tools create records that may have to be saved or even produced in a lawsuit. Or, in the case of the White House, preserved for posterity.

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