It seems that every other news story involves Hillary Clinton, emails, and the use of private servers, putting the topic of email deletion at center stage. But what can a Chicago business owner learn from the Hillary Clinton email story?
There was a time when owning a business did not include words such as hard drives, flash drives, magnetic tapes and USB ports. Now, every company has a fleet of computers, a server, and a complex back-up system. Most businesses even have a least one IT expert on staff. Computers have replaced typewriters, emails have replaced snail mail, and hard drives have all but replaced filing cabinets filled with documents.
When it comes to email communications, the use of cell phones and laptops has made them commonplace in and out of the business world. It is almost expected that a business owner will send and receive emails over lunch, on-the-go, and over the course of the weekend. For more than a decade, business owners have been warned regarding the pitfalls and dangers of electronic communications. While those earliest concerns centered around the receipt of spam and the use of secure e-mail accounts to preserve secret corporate information, the retention and deletion of e-mails was also discussed.