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University Shared Student Data with Sheriff


February 27, 2013

Records indicate the University of Iowa (UI) has been providing confidential data on students to the county sheriff “even when UI officials thought the students posed no threat to campus safety,” the Press-Citizen reports. A newspaper article released last week indicated UI had been providing the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office with “confidential, education-related information on students who have applied for gun permits” over several years. “E-mails obtained from the sheriff’s office this week under Iowa’s open records law raised new questions,” the report states, noting the data-sharing practice has been “temporarily suspended” in the wake of concerns from students and privacy advocates.
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