I posted the original notice below on our SHAR.org website. Instead of worrying about the Privacy and Security of Your Information, Ms. Carolyn Smith, the Chief Litigation Counsel your Tax Dollars are paying for, would rather be worried about the use of the SHRA logo and whether my organization purchased the website for use in Good Faith. You can download the full letter through this link:
We purchased the URL domain SHAR.org for $3,600 via GoDaddy in late 2019 in order to create a website for our non-profit organization that would provide funds for veterinarian services to families and care of their pets through a Sharing Community model.
Starting off with Dogs, then including Cats and eventually Horses.
As you can see from the attached 501c3 Letter from the IRS to our Non-profit status that we are legitimate. We could not get the domain SHARE.org for our foundation, but we could get SHAR.org and we paid what we thought was a fair price for it - $3,600.
Since the purchase of SHAR.org, we have been getting emails mistakenly sent to us @SHAR.org rather than @SHRA.org which is certainly an understandable and evidently a common typing error, but as we explained below we have been notifying SHRA of the issue ever since Dec. 2019.
Also noted below, SHRA and I had come to an agreement for SHRA to buy the SHAR.org domain at a fair price which GoDaddy estimates is $4,300 - as a matter of fact, I lowered the price to $4,000 in order to cover the escrow and transfer fees that SHRA would encur during the process of the handoff.
Should I just drop the issue and continue to forward all of your emails that mistakenly come to @SHAR.org at my expense and your risk?
Or should you voice your opinion and demand that they pay the fairly negotiated and previously agreed to price for the domain so that they can control the privacy and security issue internally?
As an information security officer myself, I would think that would resolve the issue outright today and reduce their legal liability of protecting your private personal and financial information.
I have spent WAY TOO MUCH time on this issue and all I am asking is a fair price to be paid for the domain we legally and rightfully purchased last year for our own Non-profit use but are now graciously making available to SHRA to resolved our concerns.
Original Notice July 13, 2020
My name is Dr. Gordon Jones and I am a healthtech expert intimate with the liabilities that come with even what may seem like an inconsequential issue, such as emails mistakenly sent to someone else because of mistyping.
Since I purchased the domain SHAR.org over a year ago, I have received 100s of employee and resident emails that typed @SHAR.org rather than @SHRA.org. Many, if not all, emails you would like consider private and personal.
In the beginning I would graciously forward them to the designated parties by transposing the email address back to @SHRA.org and explain the situation to the sender and recievers. Most everyone was thankful, but no one seemed concern about the issue.
Earlier this year, I started reaching out to SHRA to discuss ways we may resolve the issue. It was not until just last month, June, that we progressed on a solution where SHRA would buy the domain SHAR.org from me and take control of the email server so that any emails going to SHAR.org by mistake would be managed internally by SHRA IT Staff.
We had decided on the logistics of the transfer through a service called Escrow.com to assure that the transfer would happen securely. The SHRA IT Office requested the Purchase Order (PO) for both the payment to me for the purchase of the SHAR.org domain plus the cost of the transaction on Escrow.com
As we were waiting on the PO to be issued, I received an email from a Michael Snyder [916-440-1331 | firstname.lastname@example.org] the Assistant Director of ITMS for SHRA, on “Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 12:05 PM stating:
“Hi Gordon – We are not interested in the domain name (shar.org). I spoke with Jim Shields [Deputy Executive Director] yesterday about this. Please do not contact us anymore regarding the domain name. Thanks”
That was it. He and Mr. Shields do not feel concerned about your private personal and financial information.
Since then, I have made a video of exactly the type of emails I receive and how I can actually get into the secure documents. In this case, it is a Leave Request by an employee and if I wanted to I could have signed the document and either approved or denied the Leave Request without anyone realizing it.
OF COURSE, I DID NO SUCH THING!
But I did send the video to Ms. La ShelleDozier, SHRA Executive Director, both Mr. Shield and Mr. Synder, as well as Mr. Brad Nakano who is the SHRA General Counsel.
As of the posting of this concern publicly on the very domain that is at issue, SHAR.org, I have yet to hear from anyone about resolving it.
Listen, I live in South Carolina and so I am not a constituent of Sacramento; I am pushing this issue primarily out of principle on privacy and security concerns for your safety – or in this case SHRA’s lack thereof.
If you are a concerned citizen and you would like to register your voice, please send us your response and we will compile them into a petition to the SHRA Commission.
If you are the media and you would like to discuss this further to see exactly the type of information I have been able to view over the past year including the secured private employee data, please reach out to me through this site as well.
I hope this gets resolved quickly as this is really a very simple fix to this specific issue.
However, you all should voice your concern over the broader issues in the lack of responsibility by your elected and staff public servants. Remember, they work for you, you don’t work for them.
They should be taking every precaution to protect your private and financial information.
Dr. Gordon Jones
Dr. Gordon Jones - concerned citizen from afar!
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