Menage a Trois: The White House, Twitter, and your Privacy

By February 18, 2010

Earlier yesterday during a press conference, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was responding to questions about government computers not being able to access sites like Twitter, which comes to no surprise for me. The conve

rsation drifted on over important privacy notes regarding officials' use of the micro-messaging site.

As part of the Presidential Records Act, established in 1978, the government keeps tracks of all inbound and outbound electronic messages sent from government machines which brings up several important questions. Are tweets considered to be electronic messages? If so, is the White House archiving all of its staff members' activity on Twitter under the PRA?

The other question that comes to mind is about Gibbs's followers and the people he follows. Are their activities also archived? I invite you to watch the video below and tell us what you think about it.

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