[Systems] Data Request / Privacy Policy query Was Fwd: [IAEP] Preparing for the 2017 SLOB Election

Samuel Cantero scanterog at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 10:32:52 EDT 2016

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Chris Leonard <cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com>

> On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 9:59 AM, Samuel Cantero <scanterog at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks Chris. I appreciate this concern. Have you ever had a situation
> like
> > this previously?
> Nothing comes to mind, offhand.  I saw how our policies read and
> thought I should consult with this list.
> > IMHO, getting root/sysadmin privilege at SL at some moment is a matter of
> > trust and proven work. This gained trust can be used to take decisions in
> > cases like this. I consider wise the steps taken by Chris.
> >
> > Dave is the person who has worked really hard in the last months to boost
> > the SL community. If I have the authority to approve this access, I'll
> > definitively do it.
> Me too, but I hesitate to do it unilaterally, thus my e-mail to this list.


> Below is a note I shared with Dave privately in response to his signed
> USENIX SAGE sysadmin pledge.:
> Mine was signed some time ago.  In the present instance, I hope you
> can see that my post to systems was prompted, in particular, by the
> following sections
> Privacy
> I will access private information on computer systems only when it is
> necessary in the course of my technical duties. I will maintain and
> protect the confidentiality of any information to which I may have
> access, regardless of the method by which I came into knowledge of it.
> Laws and Policies
> I will educate myself and others on relevant laws, regulations, and
> policies regarding the performance of my duties.
> Communication
> I will communicate with management, users, and colleagues about
> computer matters of mutual interest. I will strive to listen to and
> understand the needs of all parties.
> Knowing that you have formally committed yourself to uphold these
> standards (and the rest of the SAGE sysadmin pledge) before
> transferring sensitive data is simple stewardship.
> I hope you realize now that I was not claiming greater privilege, but
> rather describing the burden of the privacy standards I'm committed to
> upholding.  IMHO, there is nothing improper about sharing this data
> (confidentially) for the purpose of expanding membership opportunity
> and building community, it just needs to be done with a eye to the
> letter and more importantly spirit of our own policies.

Thanks Chris! I clearly understand your position and from my perspective it
is the right thing to do.

> cjl
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