Plans to outsource the University of Texas at Dallas’ eMail service to Yahoo! Zimbra have stalled after the Office of General Counsel (OGC), the main group of attorneys for the UT System, raised concerns about information integrity, reports the UTD Mercury, the school’s student newspaper. The OGC cited privacy concerns because eMail data would be stored off-campus. Zimbra said it would allow UTD to store the data for current students on campus and data for alumni elsewhere to resolve the issue, said Cody Eilrich, electrical engineering junior and Student Government technology chair. But OGC lawyers also were concerned that providing eMail accounts to alumni meant UTD would be funding a service to graduates with no current business relationship with the university, said Jim Gary, vice president for Information Resources and UTD’s chief information officer. The UTD president’s cabinet is looking at ways to resolve the second issue and will likely form a nonprofit organization to raise and distribute funds for establishing an alumni eMail system. Yahoo’s Zimbra was selected over options offered by Google and Microsoft owing to its flexibility in components and configuration, Eilrich said. The primary goal of outsourcing the eMail to Zimbra was to allow alumni to access their UTD eMail, which would not be cost-effective by using UTD’s existing infrastructure, Gary said. "It’s a big deal. It’s been a pending issue for a long time, and we would love to move forward," Gary said…

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