Published On: Fri, Apr 24th, 2015

Ministers are not obligated to use official email address

Premier AsjesWILLEMSTAD - The government has no policy on the use of email addresses by officials. That says Prime Minister Ivar Asjes in response to questions from the media. According to Asjes the ministers are free to their personal account mail or an email address with their own domain name.

In other countries, this is unthinkable. Recently the former Secretary of State of America, Hillary Clinton was discredited because she had used an email address that was not an official address of the US government.

Under US law correspondence from ministers must be archived, so that, for example, members of Congress, historians and journalists can consult them. Documents containing state secrets, although need not to be public, but they must be present. Moreover, the use of a personal e-mail address entails safety risks. In the Netherlands it is common for ministers and MPs to use the official email address of the Dutch government.

According to Asjes there are ministers who use the official address of the Curaçao government However, some Ministers also use e-mail from Hotmail or Gmail. As an example Asjes gave his own email address

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