Posted on Feb 19, 2017
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SPC Kevin Ford
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Yes, communications on such a device are covered but as pointed out by others here not all information is covered by such laws. But it doesn't matter which device you use you can't get out of FOIA simply by using your own device. The device isn't so important as is the nature of the communication.

If he has a government email account and conducts all official business on that account which is properly archived he can safely destroy that device when he is done with it.
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LCpl Mike Calhoun
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President Obama had a blackberry he did not want to let go.
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SFC George Smith
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thought that was settled Over HRC efforts to Hide and delete and destroy the materials and Information... at least for the Liberals it was no ... now they want to go the other way...
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SFC George Smith What's good for the goose is good for the gander right? We should be fully expecting all of the same Republicans to be up in arms about this email too right? Or do those laws only apply one way?
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SPC Kevin Ford
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MAJ (Join to see) - I'd say the security of the device is somewhat different than a FOIA issue. FOIA deals with the legal disclosure of certain types of government information to the public. From a FOIA POV Hillary's mistake was to use a private server and mixed up public and private communications which makes it difficult to comply with FOIA. Generally it is much safer to have separate accounts for public and private communications, public on a government server, private on a private server.
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SPC Kevin Ford - I agree that the security is different than FOIA. My point is that if the device is not secure - for classified info - then his government work on that system is subject to FOIA.
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SPC Kevin Ford
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MAJ (Join to see) - Agreed. I wouldn't think a personal device would ever be appropriate for the storage or transmission of classified information. But as you say, simply by using a personal device the requirements of FOIA are not ducked. I hope he has the discipline to keep his personal and official communications separate in separate accounts.
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