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

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 7 10:05:34 PST 2014


Transfer to Harvard Medical School, or MIT, or Columbia! :D

Best Regards | Cordiales Saludos | Grato,

Andrés L. Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps at acm.org>
+1 (817) 271-9619


On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM,  <taltman1 at stanford.edu> wrote:
>
> 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 med.stanford.edu/securityblock/mobile.html and follow the
> directions."
>
> 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.
>
> Frustratingly,
>
> ~T
>
> --
> ----
>
> Tomer Altman, MS
> PhD Candidate
> Biomedical Informatics
>
> ---
>
> BigFix is a backdoor on your personal property that continuously scans
> your private files:
>
> http://ucomm.stanford.edu/computersecurity/
> http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/idf/
>
>
> 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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