Magazine article Information Management

Obama Gets Approval for 'First Smartphone'

Magazine article Information Management

Obama Gets Approval for 'First Smartphone'

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U.S. security officials have approved a high-tech, spy-proof, $3,350 smartphone for Barack Obama so he can be the first sitting president to use e-mail.

Media reports said the Sectera Edge, made by General Dynamics, is capable of encrypting top-secret voice conversations and handling classified documents. According to reports, one touch of a button moves the device from non-classified (blue background screen) to classified (red screen) mode.

However, there are strict rules for both the president and those corresponding with him. First, only a select circle of friends and staff will have his address. Second, anyone placed on that exclusive list will first receive a briefing from the White House counsel's office. Third, messages from the president will be designed so they cannot be forwarded.

Of course, all Obama's e-mail messages remain subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which could ultimately put his words into the public domain, as well as under the threat of subpoenas. …

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