Obama Job Applications Headed for National Archives

Privacy rules will keep much secret, but applying to government does have perils
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2008 9:41 AM CST
White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, left, and John Podesta, right, a co-chairman of the transition team, listen offstage during a news conference, in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – You know how they say your Facebook page will come back to haunt you? Now imagine if it weren’t just on the Internet, but in the National Archives. That’s the likely destination of personal information submitted by applicants to Barack Obama’s administration, reports Politico. Not to fear, though: A spokeswoman says privacy regulations will protect that picture of you doing Irish car-bombs.

Technically, the responses are Obama’s property, though they become government property once he brings them to the White House. One professor says applicants needn’t worry, much, about information falling into the wrong hands: “Leaks are extremely rare.” Confirms an Archives rep: “There are very clear guidelines that protect people’s privacy. Just because you end up in the National Archives doesn’t mean that it will become public information.”