Eliot Spitzer, Email Archiving Thought Leader

Eliot Spitzer is used to headlines, but not like the one he received this past week regarding involvement in a prostitution ring.

But we should all remember his contribution to the email archiving industry when Attorney General of New York State. During his eight-year tenure, Spitzer took on the giants of Wall Street--Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and the New York Stock Exchange--in cases involving white collar crime, securities crime, and Internet fraud. Along the way, much was said about the mismanagement of email records, resulting in many judicial changes to management of email and all forms of electronic records.

Time will tell if Spitzer resumes a public career or retires to a more private life, but we owe a debt of gratitude for the man who almost single-handedly brought attention to email and other forms of electronic communication, and brought about the changes we take for granted today.

P.S. Perhaps his case illustrates that it's unwise to judge a politician by the peccadillos of his or her personal life. What counts are the person's important public policy actions. Everyone has dirty underwear somewhere. And no man is hero to his butler.

... David Ferris

One Comment

  1. dferris
    Posted March 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

    Strictly speaking, the last line should read … no man is hero to his batman. Trouble is, no-one knows what a batman is these days–it used to be that British army officers had a personal servant, known as a “batman”. Nothing to do with Gotham City

  2. Posted March 19, 2008 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

    Interesting write up. I disagree on both points.

    1) Eliot Spitzer was not a thought leader for email archiving. He was a pioneer in driving electronic discovery off of the troves of email data that companies were required to keep under the SEC 17a4 rule.

    2) He broke the law, he is a criminal. We are lucky as people first and Americans second that this flight of irreverent behavior didn’t put us at risk. He could have been blackmailed, etc.


    Joshua Konkle

    Nigel Dutt is a thought leader. 🙂

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