Obama May Have to Surrender His BlackBerry

Kara Reeder

President-elect Barack Obama may have to quit his BlackBerry, according to The New York Times.


His constant companion on the campaign trail, Obama's BlackBerry helped him keep up with e-mail to stay in touch with friends and to stay abreast of events on a given campaign day.


However, aside from concerns about e-mail security, as president, Obama will be subject to the Presidential Records Act, which makes his correspondence official record and available for public review, and open to the threat of subpoenas.


Obama has already made it known that he is interested in technology, even calling for a federal CTO. And he hopes to have a laptop on his desk in the Oval Office, which would be another first. However, his own personal interest might need to be tabled in the interest of national security.

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