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Online Privacy Practices in Higher Education: Making the Grade?

By Mary J. Culnan, Thomas J. Carlin

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 3, Pages 126-130

In June 2006, the trustees of Ohio University (OU) voted unanimously to spend up to $4 million on enhanced information security. The decision came in the wake of the media coverage about OU's "lax, low-priority attitude toward security," resulting in data breaches, the theft of Social Security numbers, and an unsecured alumni database which was used by hackers for over a year to share music files and launch attacks on other systems.

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