For those late to the party, here's the Cliff Notes' version: School issues 1800 laptops to students. Laptops come with webcam and spyware pre-installed. Kid gets in trouble because school administrators see him eating Mike And Ike while he was in his own room. School administrators have picture of kid eating said foodstuff in hte safety and comfort of his own home, presumably in violation of school rules. Kid's parents file class action lawsuit against school.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is opening a probe into allegations that a US high school used laptop cameras to monitor students.
The investigation is the result of a class action suit filed last week against Lower Merion School District.
I'm likely in the wrong line of work. I should go to Law School, and hang out a shingle as a sheister, because here are the uncomfortable questions to ask the school administrators:
- Who was authorized to remotely monitor students?
- What sort of background check did you perform on them?
- What sort of access logging is performed by the school-installed spyware?
- Is it possible for an administrator to access a student's webcam without this activity being logged?
- Is it possible for an administrator to save a picture of a student?
- Can pictures be saved to non-school controlled locations (say, an administrator's home computer or network)?
- Is there access logging for pictures saved on school controlled locations?
Now what do you think would happen to a private school where this happened? What do you think would happen to administrators at a private school that did this? Why will none of this happen to the Lower Merion School District?
The Organs of the State do not self-correct. But thanks for all the tax money.