When employees of the Platte River computer company noticed that Clinton's email server was still communicating with an offsite back up server, they got in touch with the Connecticut based company, Datto Inc, and asked them not to delete any of those emails. Reports claim that Clinton representatives told Platte River employees to cut back on the volume of information preserved by their own backups. That request coincided almost perfectly with the beginning of the Clinton email scandal.
Realizing that their inability to produce more comprehensive copies of Clinton’s data to law enforcement personnel would make their company appear complicit in a cover-up, Platte River employees began looking for documented requests by Clinton operatives to scale down backup operations. “If we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and that we can go public with our statement saying we have had backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30 days, it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better,” read one of Platte River’s internal emails.
While Platte River tries to recover Clinton’s data and the FBI examines her server — reportedly with success at recovering at least some of her deleted emails — attention now turns to Datto and its online backup system, in which data is sent across the Internet to be preserved by a remote service. “With the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, Datto is working with the FBI to provide data in conjunction with its investigation,” the company said in a statement.
It remains to be seen how many “cloud” backups of Clinton’s data have been preserved by Datto. Many such systems use an incremental backup method to conserve Internet bandwidth — a master copy of all data is made initially, and then only new or modified documents are forwarded to the system during periodic automated communications. For example, the system might transmit a new backup file every Sunday night, containing all documents created or modified since the previous Sunday. Systems that contain a great deal of valuable data usually transmit backups more frequently.
If this sort of system was in use for Clinton’s machine, the incremental files would be of limited use without the master copy, so preserving a full data set would be standard procedure. On the other hand, if the system made frequent master backups, it might not be deemed important to keep many of the older copies.
The extensive amount of technology that's gone into this scandal seems to directly contradict Hillary's pretend ignorance of the way servers and back up servers work. The fact that Hillary was storing confidential information on a “cloud” server shows how careless she is. Let's hope that this lands her in prison for a long time, or at least long enough to miss the 2016 presidential elections.