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[ProgSoc] Re: handing over personal computer
Monash requires that personal computers are checked in some way before we
put them on the staff subnets. UTas probably has not "capitulated" as
such - the Federal Court has made certain orders that the three
Universities must abide by as part of this case.
I'm not sure what checking we do of personal computers, as our technicians
do it, although I could ask them (it's at least getting their MAC address,
but I thought it was a little more than that). For what it's worth, we
don't allow any peer to peer file sharing software to be run in our
Faculty's subnets, and (on a slightly different note) Monash has already
done to its firewall what UTS is doing now. The Monash network is
controlled in a much more authoritarian manner - for example, ITS
unilaterally blocked all SMTP servers barring their SMTP farm from sending
email outside of the University. As they said, "known good" and
"convenience" issues would be overruled by "security" and "simplicity of
policy" reasons. Half an hour later, a downtime notification was issued
for the ITS SMTP farm. Our systems admin was most amused...
On Tue, 10 Jun 2003, vik rajewski wrote:
> A friend of mine is studying a the Uni of Tasmania. Some of you may have heard
> of recent moves by Sony and a few other labels to examine the contents systems
> at USyd, UMelb and UTas. The Uni down there has just about capitulated to the
> labels, and is forcing my friend to hand over his _personal_ laptop for
> inspection before they will allow him any access to the network, or even bring
> his computer to uni.
> Now, technical stupidity aside, is anybody familiar with any similar situations
> to this and what happened?
> It is more a matter of principle in terms of personal data being stored on a
> personal computer; regardless of whether mp3s are there or not.
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