Mar 092013
 March 9, 2013  Posted by  Breaches, U.S., Workplace

Mary Carmichael reports:

Harvard University central administrators secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans last fall, looking for a leak to the media about the school’s sprawling cheating case, according to several Harvard officials interviewed by the Globe.

The resident deans sit on Harvard’s Administrative Board, the committee charged with handling the cheating case. They were not warned that administrators planned to access their accounts, and only one was told of the search shortly afterward.

Read more on the Boston Globe.

In this case, Harvard has policies about searching email, but it’s not crystal clear *which* policy applied to the resident deans’ email accounts.  It’s a good opportunity for Harvard to review its policies and clarify them.

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