Canadian Students Worry About Turnitin.com Security

November 16, 2006

Several campus newspapers across Canada have been running articles about the vulnerability of US-based data servers under the Patriot Act -- specifically where anti-plagiarism website Turnitin.com is concerned. Student essays are uploaded and encrypted on the site, and hypothetically American officials could cross-check the database for essays using words linked to terrorism. Although several Canadian universities have expressed concerns about RefWorks on these grounds, only Mount St. Vincent University has banned use of Turnitin because of its security vulnerabilities. UBC Ubyssey