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IU Can Read Student's Emails

Last updated on Friday, January 11, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Any device with data from IU’s network, whether it is a personal laptop, tablet or smartphone, has the potential to be accessed by the University.

With about 330,000 online accounts, the Privacy of Electronic Information and Information Technology Resources Policy outlines every reason a technician or administrator has to legally access someone's IU email account.

Some students think it's a good system for the University to uncover information about possible threats or illegal activity while others say it's an invasion of privacy.

A technician or administrator may request authorization to access or permit access to specific electronic information for many reasons, including an internal audit, lawful demand, substantial University risks and even institutionally approved research.

Jonathan Sweeny, IU's incident response manager, receives the request. Then, a network of people working with the University Information Policy Office reviews the request and determines its validity

According to Indiana's open records law, personal emails are also subject to disclosure. This means an individual and administrator's emails are subject to scrutiny because IU is a public institution.

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