Fired University of Utah researcher exposes breaches in student data

Chris Jones and Nadia Pflaum of KUTV report:

Dr. Judith Zimmerman knew she was fired for doing the right thing.

She was the lead investigator on a research project on autism in children, which she spearheaded at the Utah Department of Health. She brought that project, and a very sensitive database of data, to the University of Utah, where she was in charge of securing grants, overseeing contracts for data procurement and, most importantly, making sure that data was secure.

When she found out that it wasn’t, though – that in 2012, her superiors and other researchers had gone behind her back to share deeply personal, identifying information about Utah K-12 students, and asked her to sign off on doing so after the fact – she was abruptly fired for raising alarm.

Read more at KJZZ.

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