Over the past few years, almost every teacher or professor I've spoken to has talked about how wonderful the service Turnitin.com is in catching student plagiarism. However, it's causing some concern apparently. Even a few years ago, just as it was becoming popular, we wondered about the legal issues of Turnitin storing every uploaded document. It seems that one university is worried about that, as well as the privacy implications of the service and the "guilty until proven innocent" situation it can lead to. Halifax University has now banned the use of Turnitin by professors, citing both privacy and legal reasons, while noting they don't think it's right to be uploading all these papers to the database of a for-profit company. It's a bit surprising, given just how much some professors have come to rely on the program, and how little concern most people have expressed concerning the students.
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