OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Dawson College appears to be more
interested in protecting its image than protecting its students'
personal data, in light of its recent decision to expel student
whistleblower Ahmed Al-Khabaz. Earlier this school year, Al-Khabaz
exposed critical security flaws in the personal records system used by
Dawson College, located in the Montreal neighbourhood of Westmount, and
by other CEGEPs in Québec.
"This is yet another example of students' information being compromised
because of irresponsible management," said Adam Awad, National
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Rather than acting
to correct the flaw exposed by Al-Khabaz, the administration chose to
punish the whistleblower in hopes that the problem would quietly go
Despite Al-Khabaz's attempts to work with the College administration to
improve the security of the information system, operated by Skytech, he
was served with an expulsion and a grade of zero in all of his courses.
Al-Khabaz's efforts highlight the fragility of the systems students are
expected and encouraged to trust and ease with which access to such
information could be gained.
"The administration should reinstate Al-Khabaz immediately and issue a
public apology for its actions," said Awad. "The risk that students
face by having their information stolen is much greater than any risk
posed to the reputation of the College."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Adam Awad, National Chairperson at 613-232-7394 or firstname.lastname@example.org