The Lindex: How much is too much?

 

The Lindex is Linfield’s college directory that only members of the Linfield community have access to.

The Lindex allows you to search for a person at Linfield and find out their phone number, unit box, address and major or department.

Students can request to be left out of the Lindex if they recognize how much of their information will be accessible, but then their email is nearly impossible to find when it is needed.

If you wanted to, you could find everything you wanted to know about that random student who sits behind you in biology.

Maybe you can’t remember your club adviser’s email so you use the Lindex to figure out how to reach her.  If you had a reason to, you could find out where your professor lives.

At some point, this access to personal and private information gets just plain creepy.

This access to the information leaves us questioning if the Lindex should require more restrictions and less personal information. Is the Lindex invading students’ privacy?

Although we do agree to allow our information in the Lindex, are students really aware what they agreeing to and how much of their information will be out there?

Ultimately, how much is too much?

For example, a professor’s home address is definitely something a student shouldn’t have access too. It is inappropriate and probably isn’t even useful.

In today’s advancing technological world, most communication is done via email. No student should ever just go to a professor’s house to ask a question.

Addresses should be removed from the Lindex to prevent possible dangerous or awkward encounters.

Perhaps only a person’s name, email and possibly phone number should be allowed.  This information is basic enough that there is no invasion of privacy.

On such a small campus, privacy can be hard to find. Everyone knows everyone’s business. Having the right to decide who knows where you live and what you’re majoring in may help keep what little bit of privacy students do have.

Let’s cut down the Lindex so everyone can feel more comfortable yet still be accessible.

 

-The Review Editorial Board