LAUSD launches probe into district email use for Ashley Madison
LA School Report | August 26, 2015
LA Unified said today its inspector general is “looking into” the possibility that nearly 100 district employees used district email addresses to contact ashleymadison.com, a website that promotes extra-marital affairs, calling itself “the most famous name in infidelity and married dating.”
The district’s legal office has sent employees a memo yesterday, reminding them that the use of district email addresses for such purposes violates district policy.
“Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action being taken,” district lawyers told employees.
The actions came in response to a report yesterday by LA School Report that the hacked list of emails from the ashleymadison.com website produced about 100 email addresses that included lausd.net. Many of the addresses were letters and numbers, but it is not uncommon for district employees to use their initials and numbers for their email addresses.
In several instances, subscribers used full names.
The involvement of the district inspector general suggests that an effort would be made to identify people who used district-based email for their Ashley Madison accounts although it remains unclear what sanctions, if any, would be imposed.
The Associated Press has reported that the complete list of Ashley Madison email addresses included nearly 50 government e-mail addresses across California, some of which have announced the start of their own internal investigations.