During a probe at Harvard University into an alleged cheating scandal, faculty email addresses, including those of resident deans, were secretly searched. Administrators were searching for clues as to who leaked information about the scandal to the media. The search led to identify an assistant dean who had forwarded a confidential email.
Harry Lewis, a Harvard professor of computer science, outlines on his blog Harvard’s email policy for employees. The policy gives the administration full access to any emails sent through the school’s servers. News of the search has drawn immediate criticism from Harvard faculty members. The school has apologized for how it handled the secret search of email accounts.
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