Thursday, May 29, 2014
No privacy in emails
Although such requests in the past have come from conservative groups, in this case the request to a U of Virginia law prof seems to have come from what might be seen as the left. It is unlikely in this case that the request will be honored because of a prior court decision in Virginia. But what happens there doesn't govern what might happen in other states including California. And each case is unique
The moral: Don't say anything in emails that you might not want to see in public. Even if you use an outside provider such as gmail or Yahoo, an email you sent to someone at a public university could be targeted.
The specifics of this particular tale can be found at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/29/gay-rights-groups-foia-request-professors-research-pits-privacy-vs-academic-freedom