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

taltman1 taltman1 at
Mon Feb 10 09:57:26 PST 2014

I would like to temper the tone of my post. I was understandably frustrated, but it does not excuse me not being level headed. This is most likely a technical error, not malice. I still object to this whole process, but I shouldn't jump to conclusions when hit with problems like this.


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
>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 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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>26 OK UID FETCH completed
>* 1 FETCH (UID 41024 BODY[] {4

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