Recordless email: It\u2019s an idea politicians might love, but what about CIOs? \u00a0I recently got a peek at VaporStream \u2013 a new \u201crecordless\u201d email service, that\u2019s not quite email, not quite instant messaging, but a hybrid blend of both, for people who want to chat without electronic record. Here\u2019s how it works: You pay $40 a year for access to the web-based service, and all you need to use it is a browser. You must log in to see if you have a message from someone. You click on a sender\u2019s name, and the message text pops up \u2013 only the text. VaporStream messages don\u2019t show the header info and the message info on the same screen. Messages can\u2019t be forwarded, edited, or saved. Basically, you read the message, reply, and then the message disappears. The vendor, Void Communications, says CIOs are dying for a way to restore privacy to email. C-level executives want to be able to dash off emails without thought, just like they\u2019re making phone calls, this argument goes.I say this argument goes against what I\u2019ve heard from CIOs since joining the magazine: Today\u2019s CIO needs to be able to record, store and search all kinds of email in this age of lawsuit pressures and regulatory requirements. If anything, CIOs are looking for new ways to track user data, store the collected information, and analyze it. What\u2019s more, the rules for CIOs just keep getting more complicated. As of \u00a0December 1, new legal guidelines that determine what kinds of information your company may be asked to produce in the discovery phase of a lawsuit will become effective. Dubbed the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the revised rules include voice mail messages and instant message conversations in the list of data that\u2019s discoverable. You\u2019re not auditing your users\u2019 IM conversations? You\u2019re certainly not alone. As my IDG News Service colleague, Bob McMillan, ably reported in covering IT lessons learned from the recent Congressman Mark Foley IM scandal, most companies are not yet\u00a0monitoring\u00a0IM use. Some CIOs don\u2019t understand IM auditing is even possible. But ignorance is no longer a defense. This one could now cost you if it comes up in a lawsuit.As for recordless email, what might it cost you as a CIO? Tell me what you think.