A decision to crack down on students who use peer-to-peer file sharing for downloading music and other purposes is rooted in the University’s need to trim costs.
The new policy called “HallPass” will save the University about $40,000 a year in processing copyright holders’ complaints, according to Information Technology Services.
Stan Waddell, executive director for information security, said officials hope implementing the hall pass program, which requests that users uninstall peer-to-peer programs in order to access the UNC network, will decrease the number of complaints and save money.
“The biggest driver was the cost and the budget climate,” he said.
Jim Gogan, director of networking for ITS, said a portion of Network Access Control — a program that helps officials quarantine computers that put the security of the campus network at risk — scans computers for file sharing and other programs in residence halls.