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Denny’s Daily Zinger: Letters Are for Shredders, Emails Are Forever

August 11, 2014 By Denny Hatch
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Pity Lois Lerner.

In the immortal words of The New York Post's Marissa Schultz:

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official accused of leading the agency's targeting of tea party groups, called some conservatives "crazies" and "a-holes," according to emails released Wednesday.

At the congressional investigation, Lerner instantly pleaded her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Lerner's career is a train wreck. Who would hire her?

The Forever Danger of Dumb Emails
Once private emails containing sensitive or inflammatory stuff get loose on the Internet, it brings to mind Richard Nixon's chief of staff and bully-boy gatekeeper, H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, who said: "Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in."

Takeaways to Consider

  • Before shooting off any email, consider what might happen if it gets loose in the office or out on the Internet.
  • "Almost 33 percent of 140 North American businesses nationwide report they conduct regular audits of outbound email content," according to a 2004 study.
  • "My advice: Don't write anything in an email that you wouldn't want to see on your office bulletin board—or hear announced over your company's loudspeaker." —Carol Kleiman, Chicago Tribune
  • That goes for social media postings too.
  • A service released earlier this week by Teneros, an online communication services company, makes it much easier for companies to keep tabs on their employees' social networking activities.
  • Clicking "Delete" doesn't mean your words are gone forever.
  • Embarrassing emails can follow you to the grave and beyond.

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