Practical and legal considerations have made it clear that the primary responsibility for keeping private things private lies with the owner/operator of the database. In the nonacademic world, databases are tested relentlessly by site sponsors themselves, by competitors of site sponsors, by competitor software makers, by independent consultants, by official "watch-dogs," and, yes, by hackers. The operators/sponsors of Internet sites usually welcome security break-ins that are "benign" as to intent, that do no harm, and that are voluntarily reported to them. ... Princeton's idea of a solution — blame the messenger — is truly unhelpful.
The new Princeton president probably thought that this was a test of her ability to handle a crisis, and she wanted to show that she was taking the high moral road. I think she failed miserably.
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