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Tigerbook profile of Chris Murphy ’20, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Princetonian.

Photo Credit: Tigerbook

As of Tuesday, Oct. 8, profile photos are again available on Tigerbook after they were absent for a brief period beginning on Sept. 30.

Tigerbook, the online directory of University students, was created by Hansen Qian ’16, Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen ’15, and Rohan Sharma ’14 for their capstone project in COS 333: Advanced Programming Techniques. Tigerbook displays students’ names, email addresses, concentrations, residential colleges, and, in some cases, campus mailing addresses or phone numbers. As of Sept. 6, the University “restricted directory information about students” and prevented Tigerbook from hosting information on students’ dorm rooms, roommates, and hometowns.

The return of student photos to Tigerbook resulted from the temporary aggregation of student photos by developer George Kopf and is reflective of changes in student privacy policy.

Dr. Jérémie Lumbroso, the faculty member supervising the Tigerbook development team, explained that Tigerbook repackages information provided by the University. This student information was originally hosted by Roxen, a now-defunct “Wordpress-like platform.” Kopf’s temporary measures now allow students to see photos on Tigerbook, even as the Office of Information Technology transitions from Roxen to a new data hosting system.

“This change was part of broader, much-needed, and amazing work undertaken by OIT, under the direction of George Kopf,” Lumbroso previously wrote in an email statement to The Daily Princetonian. Lumbroso explained that Kopf’s work is making “student data more secure” by creating a dedicated, streamlined way to access or take down student information.

By hosting the photos on University systems, developers can update student data without delay. Hosting photos on a third-party platform like Roxen slowed the process of removing student photos from the University’s official database, Roxen, and Tigerbook.

Lumbroso explained that this change is essential to adhering to FERPA, federal student privacy regulations that mandate students have the ability to request immediate removal of their data from University servers.

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