Thursday, February 03, 2005

Potential safety impact of the Harvard hacking incident

Further to my previous post on the hacking incident at harvard (See: PIPEDA and Canadian Privacy Law: Incident: Harvard Hacked), the most recent edition of the Harvard Crimson has an opinion piece about the potential safety impact of this particular breach of privacy:

The Harvard Crimson Online :: Opinion:

"...Among those who could have been affected by the glitch were students with 'secure flags,' which mandate that their personal information be kept absolutely secret. The purpose of these flags is to protect students who have legitimate reason to fear a leak of this information -- celebrities or those in political asylum, or even students fearing a stalker. Health Services' mistake compromised the safety of these students...."

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