by Mike Masnick
Tue, May 6th 2008 8:35am
We've talked about police trolling sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace to catch people posting evidence of their own illegal activities, but it appears that some universities are doing the same thing as well. While we missed the story when it originally came out a couple weeks ago, reader Tom Pritchard writes in to let us know that Oxford University proctors have been scouring Facebook to find any evidence of post-exam "trashings," an (apparent) Oxford tradition of students who have finished their exams spraying each other "with champagne, foam, eggs, flour and any number of other substances." After finding evidence of many such trashings on Facebook the Oxford proctors started fining students, bringing in plenty of cash -- but also plenty of annoyed students who feel their privacy was violated. That's a little tough to support considering they posted such evidence... in public. Though, it does seem a bit overzealous to fine students for blowing off some steam after exams are over.
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