Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"oh hey, let's secretly activate the webcams in those laptops!"

activist teacher sent us this link the other day: "u.s high school spies on its students"

apparently the high school, harriton high in philadelphia, is being sued by the parents of a boy who the school accused of "improper behaviour in his home."

how did they know that he was engaging in improper behaviour? well, they issued all students laptops so that they could do their homework. that's nice of them? right?

the laptops had webcams on them and the schools added "spyware" so that they could keep an eye on the students. this means that the webcams were activated without the students knowing. creepy... apparently one student was called into an office for a talking to, and shown an image from the webcam as evidence.

the lawsuit against the school states: "many of the images captured and intercepted may consist of images of minors and their parents or friends in compromising or embarrassing positions, including, but not limited to, in various stages of dress or undress."

so, besides this being a case of electronic surveillance/invasion of privacy couldn't it also potentially become a charge relating to child pornography? i feel like that's what the school should really be worried about at this point.

also, what did they expect to catch their students doing on these webcams?? dealing drugs? murdering someone?

it sounds like an incredibly stupid idea got a lot of people into a lot of trouble. when will schools learn that they can't control every aspect of their students' lives?

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