Harvard Committee Proposes Standards for Email Searches

A committee appointed by Harvard’s president recommended that the university adopt institution-wide standards  for searching email accounts used by students, faculty, and employees. The committee is calling for searches be limited to “a legitimate and important university purpose” and when “authorized by an appropriate and accountable person.” In addition, the committee ays the account user should be notified when information “will be or has been accessed.”

Harvard’s president Drew Gilpin Faust appointed the committee after top Harvard College administrators admitted to approving secret searches of email accounts of resident deans “in hopes of discovering who had leaked information about a cheating scandal to the news media.”

For full story, see Chronicle of Higher Education.


Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.