BlackBerry Saved For President Obama

For newly-inaugurated U.S. President Obama, one of the downsides of winning had been having to give up his BlackBerry. Sure, it was great publicity for Research In Motion, but bitter irony for the candidate who helped make mobile marketing mainstream for all demographics. But today...

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For newly-inaugurated U.S. President Obama, one of the downsides of winning had been having to give up his BlackBerry. Sure, it was great publicity for Research In Motion, but bitter irony for the candidate who helped make mobile marketing mainstream for all demographics.

But today the White House confirmed that the president will get to keep his BlackBerry after all.

“The president has a BlackBerry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends in a way that use will be limited,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday, according to Reuters.

The magazine Atlantic had reported that “super-encryption” technology will be added to President Obama’s device, preventing his messages from being seen by unauthorized parties. But just as important, the Associated Press said that email messages are subject to the Presidential Records Act, could be subpoenaed by Congress or courts, and also could be subject to public records laws. “Strictly personal” messages, however, could be exempt from all this. Nevertheless, the jumble of uncertainty could be why no other U.S. president used email during his term.

What I’m wondering: Are text messages also subject to these legal implications?

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