Harvard's justification for the investigation -- to protect the privacy of the students alleged with cheating -- is an interesting twist, he continued. "It's using privacy as a justification to invade privacy, which is somewhat ironic," he said.
If a person can't expect their communications to be private, it can have adverse effects on their productivity, he noted. "Our intellectual privacy is chilled when people are watching," he said.
Sign up for MIS Asia eNewsletters.