“It’s important to note that your administrator or service provider has access to any data you store in this account, including your email.”

The clear sentence sits on help pages on privacy and security, NYU Local reports. Since 2011, NYU email accounts have been run through Google Apps for education, a program that stores students’ emails, calendars, and documents. Google can hand any data from these student accounts over to universities utilizing the program, but NYU’s Information Technology department holds a strong ethos for protecting student privacy.

According to Marilyn McMillan, NYU’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Technology Officer,...

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