Take Two for November 16, 2012

Is it possible to keep any online communication private?

A woman looks at her email on a computer

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A woman looks at her email on a computer screen in Washington on November 23, 2010. Americans will take a break from the office over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays but most won't stop checking their work emails, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The Harris Interactive survey conducted for Xobni, an email software firm, found that 59 percent of employed American adults will consult work emails over the holidays. Fifty-five percent will check work emails at least once a day and 28 percent will do so multiple times throughout the day, the survey found.

This morning former CIA director David Petraeus spoke to lawmakers in a closed session about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi, but did not address the scandal that forced his resignation from the CIA.

The details of his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell were released last week, which sparked a lot of discussion about the privacy of online communication.

The two reportedly shared a Gmail account where they left messages for one another in a draft folder, no emails were ever sent. That clearly it didn't fool the FBI.

But if one was planning to conduct a little risky business online, is there any way to keep it private? 


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