Web Site for my Students
bertshuler at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 30 01:55:07 CET 2013
On Oct 29, 2013, at 4:50 PM, Gregory Lypny <gregory.lypny at videotron.ca> wrote:
> Hello Robert,
> As for the confidentiality of student IDs at my institution, I would say they are, although I still occasionally find professors leaving a stack of graded student essays outside their door, old-school style. But the confidentiality of student IDs need not be a problem on my website because I don’t need to save them in a cookie. I can save a unique and randomly generate string that is associated with the student ID after login authentication.
> On Tue, Oct 29, 2013, at 11:29 AM, Robert Brenstein wrote:
>> In many countries, using cookies in this way requires explicit
>> consent from each user, but it I don't know whether this applies to
>> Canada and whether all your users are in Canada.
>> Aside from spoofing already mentioned, the question to consider is
>> how private is student id considered by your institution.
>> Theoretically, you could remove it (I mean the value of cookie) when
>> student logs out, but most users just walk out, leaving their id on
>> the computer. If all users are using only their private computer,
>> this is fine, but if they also use public computer, that can be an
>> issue (from another person doing things under that id to someone
>> finding an id of a specific person).
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