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

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at
Fri Feb 7 14:17:32 PST 2014

What kind of "webmail" are you talking about? Microsoft Exchange? That
would be, like, so unprofessional!
On Feb 7, 2014 11:52 AM, <taltman1 at> 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 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:
> 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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