Changes [Oct 01, 2018]Switches
Understanding the Remind 101 issue
The creator of the Remind 101 account (you the teacher) are the sole person responsible for any security issues that arise from the site including any loss of data. At first look this does not seem to be a security problem, You are posting assignments and reminders that there is a test in math tomorrow, or that practice has been cancelled.
Suppose that Billy’s mom signs up with remind 101 and creates a username and password to connect to your remind 101 feed. To keep life simple she uses the same username and password that she uses for her facebook page, twitter feed, and her bank account. Now suppose that remind 101 is hacked, or a third party vendor is hacked and, through that hack, Billy’s mom’s username and password are stolen. The culprit uses the data to get into Billy’s mom’s bank account. Word gets out that remind 101 was hacked and the lawyers start looking for damages.
You the teacher are on the hook for that account that Billy’s mom created to keep her informed about your class. You are the bad guy because you gave up your rights to protection by agreeing that you and not remind 101 was responsible for any data lost through this free web application.
I am sure that they (remind 101) thought they were protecting themselves from your giving out secret information through your feed, but they passed the entire buck to you in their user agreement, so that they are responsible for no data loss, even the loss of a subscribers usernames and passwords from their own servers that you have no control over.
The likelihood of such a breach is remote and your being sued is also very unlikely, but the cost of protecting yourself from a frivolous lawsuit is still too much risk in Mr. Bonnewell’s opinion and I think he has a valid point in this case. Especially after Zuckerberg (The creator of Facebook) lost his identity in a security breach at Linked-In this year, he lost his username and password to his own facebook and twitter feed accounts, which were then used by hackers to post defamatory under his name. An act that as a teacher could cost you your teaching license.
Suggestions for your own protection: