Follow-up to Harvard post
Emma emailed her concerns regarding the Harvard story below:
I saw your blog post about how Harvard was making student information (including medical records) viewable to the public. While I do agree with the idea that it's a possible violation of HIPAA (it'll be interesting to see if anyone makes a fuss), it seems odd that quite a few schools post information for students that the students might not want made public. Case in point: Southwest Missouri State University lists student off-campus addresses and phone numbers - you don't need to enter any information, just know someone's last name. That seems like it would have caused enough problems for the school, seeing as how it's not a tiny campus, that they'd think that was a really bad idea.
She makes a fantastic point - colleges consistently seem to disregard their customers' (read students) privacy. Raise your hand if your "college ID number" was your SSN. I can remember piles of tests and grades posted with full names and SSN's. How bad will someone have to get stung before this changes?
Cell phone virus
Well, we all knew it would happen eventually - the cell phone virus. This particular one does some nasty stuff and disables the phone, unlike previous, weaker attempts.