There is big news that a laptop was stolen from NTID that contains more that 12,000 records of students names, date of birth, and Social Security Number (SSN). According to Dr. Alan Hurwitz of NTID, he said that data was being use for research purpose.
Did he get permission of the student's to use the student's data for research purpose? Did he ask students who records on that laptop permission to use the SSN? I realize, using SSN is a violation of Privacy Acts. SSN is our tax payers numbers that is used to identify us when we pay our taxes, to get pay at work, apply for loans and so on.
Dr. Alan Hurwitz did this without asking more than 12,000 students for permission to say it is okay to use our SSN as a part of research. Am I dumb founded to think that make sense? It never does. Even if two people have the same name, they could use a different code or something to keep the person separate instead of using the SSN. I don't think it makes sense to use our SSN for research.
I personally feel like suing NTID for what has happened. To wait 5 days after the Laptop was stolen to hear the news about the stolen latop is bad. More than bad. Very very bad thing. NTID has no business to take my data and use it for research purpose unless they have my permission on a black and white paper with my signature. They didn't ask me and they never informed me they would use my record for research. They did not ask me if it was okay to use my SSN for research purpose.
I will always be a proud NTID Alumni but I will never be prous of what NTID has done for losing the laptop. I do have two demands for NTID:
1. Work hard to recover that laptop.
2. Dr. Alan Hurwitz should resigned from NTID for disgracefully allowing the researching people to use our SSN as part of research without our permission.
NTID knew the laptop was being use for research but failed to safely protect that laptop and protect the data on that laptop. NTID will owe all of us more than just an apologies. How bout they pay for Fraud Protect Service for all those students on the credit card service until the laptop gets recovered? That should not be our responsible to pay for that when NTID was the one that allowed our SSN to be stolen.