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Be sure to read this great piece in The Guardian on the parallels between NSA surveillance and what campuses have been doing for years.
In the article, my colleague Nico Perrino highlights particularly embarrassing examples of administrative snooping into the lives of students and faculty at Harvard, Valdosta State University (which I talk about at length in my book), and University of Montana, to name just a few. Nico also points out that the cheerleaders for such surveillance and the providers of the surveillance itself are big business:
As a result of schools’ increased interest in monitoring their communities for potential threats, a whole campus security industry has sprouted up that has caught the eye of civil libertarians. At a recent National Behavioral Intervention Team Association conference, the group organized sessions on “fostering a comprehensive reporting culture within the institution” (See something? Say something, one supposes) and “using mandated psychological assessments” (“using” for what, one might ask).
Another of my colleagues, Robert Shibley, expanded on this theme in great detail in a 2011 Daily Caller column entitled, “How federal regulations are making college ‘risk management’ lawyers rich.”
Privacy invasions are nothing new on campus. If you’re unfamiliar with FIRE’s 2007 case at the University of Delaware (also covered at length in my book), I hereby challenge you to watch the video below without wanting to pull your hair out: