Interesting, but you know, we live in the world's largest free
democratic republic. I have no plans to delete any emails or worry about
what I write using a UVM account. That said, I have always had another
account for personal email. Who wants work popping up in front of them
at home? THAT should be the motivation, however, not fear.
Prof. Cronon is the person whose emails are being requested. I think
this part of his response says it all:
"In response, Cronon has posted a lengthy rebuttal on his own web site.
In the post, Cronon states that he has committed no wrongdoing in terms
of the use of his state e-mail account -- and also saying that it would
violate federal law to reveal e-mail conversations with students that
have touched upon these subjects.
Cronon also condemns the records request as an assault on his academic
freedom, saying in part:
When should we be more cautious about applying such laws to universities?
Answer: When FOIA is used to harass individual faculty members for
asking awkward questions, researching unpopular topics, making
uncomfortable arguments, or pursuing lines of inquiry that powerful
people would prefer to suppress. If that happens, FOIA and the Open
Records Law can too easily become tools for silencing legitimate
intellectual inquiries and voices of dissent -- whether these emanate
from the left or the right or (as in my case) the center."
Also, consider the source of the article: Talking Points Memo (TPM) is
one of the most innovative political news organizations in the United
States. The editors of Time magazine say TPM "has become the prototype
of what a successful Web-based news organization is likely to be in the
TIME magazine??? wow
What is a political party doing asking for a professor's email anyway?
They COULD just read the guys blog.
Keith Kennedy wrote:
> An interest reader asks:
>> I think people will ask what information is actually stored.
>> As I recall, every folder except for the Inbox is backed up, so if
>> you save anything overnight, it's archived. Therefore, no use for
>> folks to start deleting old messages, is there? (Five years back?)
>> And, is there a log of sent message headers and their content, even
>> if the sender doesn't save them to a "sent" folder?
> Good trys all BUT... here are the actual and true specs.
> All email is backed up every night, including the INBOX.
> All email backups are retained for 3 months. The backups older than 3
> months are purged every month.
> So, if a message is deleted from a folder, we wouldn't be able to
> restore it past the 3-4 month timeframe.
> No log of outgoing content is retained, other than sent folders.
> There are basic logs showing who sent each message, and who they sent
> it to, but nothing in the logs regarding content other than the
> subject line.
> - kdk