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Mixing work with private

The scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for professional purposes provides lessons for us all, explains Paul McAleavey

29 November 2016

Using a personal email for work-related purposes may seem harmless, but it is a decision that can often be career-defining, as it has recently been for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It would be hard to deny that Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was heavily aided by the scandal surrounding Clinton’s use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of state.

According to Clinton, the primary reason she set up her own email address for both work and personal correspondence was for ‘convenience’. Her decision in this respect clearly backfired, and while an FBI investigation into her use of this private email server cleared her of any criminality, it concluded that Clinton and her aides were extremely careless in their handling of classified information. It will no doubt have been a learning experience for her, and also serves as a warning for our own ...

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