Homeland Security Head on Personal Gmail Account Use: ‘Whoops!’

  • Jeh Johnson said he believes he did not take an “appreciable” risk using personal account from his work computer
  • This follow revelations that Johnson and other Homeland Security officials received wavers to use private accounts
  • He said he never sent official emails from his account though he did receive some in it – which he forwarded to the government account

Hey, everybody use personal emails at work, right? It’s not like he’s got stuff that needs to be private…

Via Politico:

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson does not believe he took an “appreciable” risk by accessing his personal Gmail account from his work computer, he told POLITICO’s Mike Allen during a Playbook Live discussion Tuesday morning.

Nevertheless, after Bloomberg revealed Monday that Johnson and other DHS officials had received waivers to obtain their personal email on their government computers, Johnson said he’s suspending the practice. The department had banned the practice for its employees last year except for people who got waivers, DHS has confirmed to POLITICO.

“To be perfectly honest, this is something that I had for a while,” Johnson said Tuesday. “And when I read the story, I said, ‘Whoops, this is not a good practice, so I should discontinue it.’

“I probably should have done it sooner,” he added. “I want to see others on that list do the same thing.”

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