Snooping on staff: just because unis claim they can doesn’t mean they will

A learned reader points out that it isn’t only at Victoria U where union officials might worry that their comms aren’t secure, that other universities claim an unqualified right to access and monitor emails on their networks (CMM Friday). But claiming and acting aren’t always the same. Back in 2016 Western Sydney U backed down fast when it was found to be monitoring the emails of some staff. ““I have instituted a formal review of these instances. In addition, I have directed that the university’s current policies and practices be reviewed to ensure they are clear and consistent with best practice,” VC Barney Glover said then adding “no staff emails will be checked without informing the staff members concerned.” ( CMM February 5 2016)


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