Monday, February 1, 2016

"A lot of these platforms are emails you have to use to participate in college,” Gillula said. “You’re forced to give up any sense of privacy in your communications to turn in your homework.”

In light of other news, See now: 

"UC students file lawsuit against Google alleging illegal scanning of emails"

"30 million students, teachers and administrators used the free Google Apps for Education email accounts in 2014."
Bmail was supposed to be a $saver and more reliable.
DailyCal points to a Berkeley Blog- Hoofnagle post
Pointed to it  here when it first came out
Good reads, including in the comments sections, here they are again:

Comment like this from ...could it be a UCB Associate Chancellor?

Comments to "Is Google reading your bMail?":
    • Nils Gilman
      Legality aside in both cases, which sort of surveillance/privacy intrusion are you most concerned with: government or corporate?
      The first carries with it a big scary 20th century specter, but has exactly (not approximately, but exactly) zero impact on the daily lives and lived experience of 99%+ Americans.
      The second, on the other hand, affects every single last one of us(!) practically every single last time we use an electronic device or step into any commercial establishment. You’d never realize this listening to the Cold War hysterics from the likes of the Electronic Freedom Foundation

Inside Higher Ed now covering:
U of Big Brother?U of California professors object to new system -- installed secretly -- to monitor emails and use of computer networks. University cites security needs and pledges to protect privacy.

"Hermalin said that he did not know about the new system until a few faculty members came to him in December and said they had learned about it. He has, since then, been trying to learn more. He said that he has yet to find answers to key questions. "What is being collected has never been clear," he said. "And how it will be gotten rid of" when no longer needed is also unclear. These are big questions, he said, that would normally be discussed through the faculty governance process."

"Steve Montiel, press secretary for the UC Office of the President, asked about the issue of faculty consultation, said via email: "There is and has been ongoing faculty and campus consultation regarding steps taken to counter cyberthreats to locations across the UC system. Faculty voices have been included on the committee that's guiding our cybersecurity strategy.""

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