Some Thoughts on the NSA Data Collection Story

Anything I say here would be highly political, needless to say. The following reflects my views alone, and does not speak for the university.

My university IT security policy buddies around the country have discussed whether universities ought to add a warning to our email log-in screens saying that anything you write may be indexed by the federal government. I don’t think any university has actually done that so far, however. Given the size of the headlines, it seems unnecessary to restate what the whole world now knows.

Instead, I’ll link to a number of thoughtful columns, all by people I respect, who have said things I think are right on.

Bruce Schneier, well-known security guru. Invented the term ‘security theater’.

Daniel Ellsburg (if you’re old enough you certainly remember him.)

Tracy Mitrano (blogs for Inside Higher Ed, my opposite number at Cornell and a good friend)

Peter Swire, International Privacy Association and the C. William O’Neil Professor at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University