February 18, 2010

School Spies Webcams?

School officials in Philadelphia PA confronted a student with photos proving that he was doing naughty things at home. They got their evidence by activating the webcam on the laptop in his house, according to a lawsuit that says the school was violating the child's privacy.

The school denies any wrongdoing and gave this explanation: "Last year, our district became one of the first school systems in the United States to provide laptop computers to all high school students. This initiative has been well received and has provided educational benefits to our students. The District is dedicated to protecting and promoting student privacy. The laptops do contain a security feature intended to track lost, stolen and missing laptops. This feature has been deactivated effective today..."

This explanation seems to be somewhat incomplete, but we'll see how the story plays out for this young man and his parents as they seek justice.

School Spies Webcams?

.Lower Merion School District officials are spying on students and their families inside their homes with Web cameras installed in pupil laptops, claims Blake J. Robbins in a lawsuit against the district. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 11, alleges that webcams in personal laptops -- that are issued to every high school student -- can be, and have been, remotely activated by school administrators without a person in the same room as the laptop being the wiser.

School Spies Webcams?

Posted at February 18, 2010 5:52 AM