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Re: Conference registration leaks YOUR personal information
From: Rodney Petersen <rpetersen () EDUCAUSE EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 08:12:21 -0600

I just wanted to provide a quick update on this topic.  Although it has
been a busy week for EDUCAUSE staff at our annual conference, we have
discussed this issue among key staff and senior leadership, and we will
examine the concerns that have been raised in earnest as soon as our
event wraps up.  I will provide this group with an update as soon as
more information is available.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

Best Regards,


Rodney J. Petersen, J.D.
Government Relations Officer & Security Task Force Coordinator

1150 18th Street, N.W., Suite 1010
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-5368 / (202) 872-4200
(202) 872-4318 (FAX) 
EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force

-----Original Message-----
From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Cal Frye
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Conference registration leaks YOUR personal

Becky Granger wrote:
Hello -

Thanks for this message! We've recently been discussing this very 
- at one time this feature was considered a positive convenience for 
our conference attendees but now perhaps it's no longer a positive. We

will be re-evaluating our conference web site applications in 2009, 
and this feature is definitely in the hopper for discussion. Thanks 
again, and if you or others wish to discuss further, please feel free 
to contact me directly.

As this is now a matter of public discussion, I think 2009 is a mite too
late to begin the discussion :-(

I'm not sure if changing my profile settings to be open to logged-in
users only doesn't alter this particular "feature" or if my change in
privacy setting is merely taking a while to propagate in the system, but
I strongly request that at minimum we be given the choice whether to
permit others to register us for conferences or not as a control on this
leak of privileged information. The emergency contact information may
well contain sensitive information or unlisted phone numbers that we
might want protected.

-- Cal Frye, Network Administrator, Oberlin College

   www.calfrye.com,  www.pitalabs.com

"It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by
my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in
consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible, this must be
prevented. My people must drink beer." --Frederick the Great.

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