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    Boston Globe: Harvard group creating privacy recommendations after secret email searches seeks feedback

    In March, it was revealed that Harvard University officials secretly searched the e-mail accounts of several deans as part of an investigation into how information was leaked to journalists about a cheating scandal at the school. There was a privacy controversy over the secret search, and the university set up a group to make privacy recommendations. Now, the Boston Globe reports that the group is seeking public feedback:

    A Harvard task force this month will hold meetings to gather feedback as it develops recommendations on the university’s e-mail privacy policies in the wake of the recent revelation that administrators secretly searched about 14,000 e-mail accounts looking for a leak to the media about the school’s cheating scandal.

    “It is important to reach out to the community for input and guidance about both areas of concern and possible ways forward as we move toward formulating our recommendations,” David Barron, chair of the 14-member task force and a Harvard Law School professor, said in a statement published Monday on the university’s news website.

    The task force has scheduled two “open meetings,” university officials said. It has also launched a blog. […]

    The task force, which consists of faculty and senior staff from across Harvard’s schools, was commissioned in the spring by university President Drew Faust shortly after it was revealed publicly that the covert searches, conducted last fall, had happened. […]

    Faust created the task force to develop a set of recommendations on electronic communications policies. […]

    Task force member Emma Dench, a history and classics professor, said in a statement Monday that input from faculty, students and staff would be an essential component of the task force’s work.

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