"Privacy ... is becoming an even more important issue throughout our society," said Pernsteiner, "One of the things I fear ... is identity theft and what that does to people ... who become victims of that." He added that the student-driven Senate Bill 643 was a good start, but he wants to broaden protections in the future. "I think its going to be an even bigger issue for all of us throughout the society," he said.
Privacy violations have hit the headlines several times in recent months. In February, Bank of America lost tapes containing the credit card numbers of 1.2 million federal employees. That same month, ChoicePoint reported fraudulent access of information on 145,000 people. In March, Seisint, a division of Reed Elsevier, admitted the unauthorized access of the personal records of 32,000 people.
"The protest of HigherOne in Oregon is having an effect that will last for years," said student body President Christy Harper, "The Chancellor's commitment to privacy is very appreciated by students." Students are working with the Oregon Student Association (OSA) on future meetings with the Chancellor's office.