why a private e-mail server?

When Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State, she used her own private e-mail server to manage her work e-mail. Many reports show that her e-mail address was “hdr22@clintonemail.com”. Now that she’s running for president, her use of that server seems to be her biggest stumbling block. Many are saying that she sent/received messages containing classified information.

To that charge, Clinton has responded, “I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time.”

But, after reviewing specific e-mails that Clinton previously released, the inspectors general of the U.S. State Department have found otherwise. Steve A. Linick, State Department inspector general said, “This classified information never should have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” Reports are now saying that Clinton finally turned her server over to the federal government this week.

So now we’re going back and forth on that issue. Was there classified information in those e-mails or not? But this is the wrong question.

I want to know something much simpler. Why is there a private e-mail server? Is it okay for employees of the federal government to setup their own server and use it for official business? Is it within the power of the Secretary of State to say, “I need to use a private e-mail server with my own domain name while no other federal government employee does that?”

Even if the contents of a specific e-mail message are not officially classified, is it still okay that it’s sent or received via a private server? I don’t work for the federal government. I don’t have any classified information in my e-mails. But I do have private information that should not get out to the public; any business owner knows this. And as an employee, I’m required to use the company e-mail system. I want to hear Clinton explain why employees of our federal government don’t have a similar requirement.