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[liberationtech] Stanford blocking webmail access to those who refuse spyware

taltman1 at taltman1 at
Fri Feb 7 09:52:15 PST 2014

I awoke this morning to find this awaiting me behind Stanford's
WebAuth to access Zimbra:

"WebLogin What is this?

You are being temporarily blocked from accessing Stanford systems
because one or more of your mobile devices is not compliant with the
School of Medicine's Data Security Policy. To remove this block,
please go to and follow the

This is after following every requirement such that my devices do not
fall under the new requirements, including several emails to Randy
Livingston, Michael Duff, and Jack Zeng. And filing a variance request
(that has since been ignored). So much for their claims that this new
security policy is not mandatory.

This is the kind of heavy hand that Stanford is laying down on
students and faculty who do not want to give up their privacy.

It seems for now I can still access my email via IMAP, but how long
before the Great Firewall of Stanford blocks that access, too?

Seems like we need some liberation not just in this country, but this
particular campus as well.




Tomer Altman, MS
PhD Candidate
Biomedical Informatics


BigFix is a backdoor on your personal property that continuously scans
your private files:

Stanford University's stand on academic freedom, privacy, surveillance and the
Fourth Amendment:

"Users have no expectation of privacy while using this system and uses,
data, and transmissions on this system may be intercepted, monitored,
recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed at the discretion
of Stanford University"
-- Fine print when you log in to Stanford WebAuth

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