Tip of the Hat


 
HomeHome  GalleryGallery  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  

Share | 
 

 School Used Webcams To Spy On Students

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
VacuousReality
...
...


Number of posts : 5941
Hedonistic Glory : 9729
Reputation : 115
Joined In : 2009-02-18
Location : USA

PostSubject: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:04 pm

A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.

Lower Merion School District officials said the laptops "contain a security feature intended to track lost, stolen and missing laptops," and that the feature was deactivated Thursday. Angry students had already responded by putting tape on their laptop cameras and microphones.

Sophomore Tom Halpern described students as "pretty disgusted," and noted that his class recently read "1984," the George Orwell classic that coined the term "Big Brother."

"This is just bogus," said Halpern, 15, of Wynnewood, as he left Harriton High School on Thursday with his taped-up computer. "I just think it's really despicable that they have the ability to just watch me all the time."

The school district can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit.

Such actions would amount to potentially illegal electronic wiretapping, said Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which is not involved in the case.

"School officials cannot, any more than police, enter into the home either electronically or physically without an invitation or a warrant," Walczak said.

A school district statement released late Thursday said the tracking feature would not be reactivated "without express written notification to all students and families."

"We can categorically state that we are and have always been committed to protecting the privacy of our students," said the spokesman, Doug Young.

The affluent district prides itself on its technology initiatives, which include giving Apple laptops to each of the approximately 2,300 students at its two high schools.

"It is no accident that we arrived ahead of the curve; in Lower Merion, our responsibility is to lead," Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley wrote on the district Web site. McGinley did not immediately return messages left Thursday by The Associated Press.

The Robbinses said they learned of the alleged webcam images when Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton High School, told their son Blake that school officials thought he had engaged in improper behavior at home. The behavior was not specified in the suit.

"(Matsko) cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam embedded in minor plaintiff's personal laptop issued by the school district," the suit states. The behavior was not specified in the suit, which did not make clear whether the family had seen any photographs captured by school officials.

Matsko later confirmed to Michael Robbins that the school had the ability to activate the webcams remotely, according to the suit, which was filed Tuesday and which seeks class-action status.

The Robbinses declined to speak with an Associated Press reporter at their home Thursday. Their lawyer, Mark S. Haltzman, did not return messages.

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the privacy of the home when it ruled in 2001 that police could not, without a warrant, use thermal imaging equipment outside a home to see if heat lamps were being used inside to grow marijuana. Technology or no, Supreme Court precedents draw "a firm line at the entrance to the house," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, quoting an earlier case.

"This isn't just them spying on the kids, this is them intruding on the parents' home. Who knows what they are seeing?" Walczak said. "The courts for 80 years have said there's no greater sanctuary than a person's own home."

The lawsuit's allegations raise new concerns about school-issued laptops, said an Electronic Freedom Foundation lawyer.

"I've never heard of anything this egregious," said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based group. "Nobody would have imagined that schools would peer into students private homes and even bedrooms without any kind of justification.

Students like Halpern say they mostly keep their computers in their bedrooms -- and rarely turn them off.

"School ends at the end of the school property, so they shouldn't really be in our business at home," Halpern said.

========================

People at a group I'm on are talking about this and I thought it was pretty interesting. I know my blood boils when schools try to get in my business, or anything of that sort.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Taxer666
Trollsmith
Trollsmith
avatar

Number of posts : 7203
Hedonistic Glory : 10725
Reputation : 139
Joined In : 2009-11-24
Age : 26
Location : Riffsland

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:23 pm

VacuousReality wrote:
A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.

Lower Merion School District officials said the laptops "contain a security feature intended to track lost, stolen and missing laptops," and that the feature was deactivated Thursday. Angry students had already responded by putting tape on their laptop cameras and microphones.

Sophomore Tom Halpern described students as "pretty disgusted," and noted that his class recently read "1984," the George Orwell classic that coined the term "Big Brother."

"This is just bogus," said Halpern, 15, of Wynnewood, as he left Harriton High School on Thursday with his taped-up computer. "I just think it's really despicable that they have the ability to just watch me all the time."

The school district can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit.

Such actions would amount to potentially illegal electronic wiretapping, said Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which is not involved in the case.

"School officials cannot, any more than police, enter into the home either electronically or physically without an invitation or a warrant," Walczak said.

A school district statement released late Thursday said the tracking feature would not be reactivated "without express written notification to all students and families."

"We can categorically state that we are and have always been committed to protecting the privacy of our students," said the spokesman, Doug Young.

The affluent district prides itself on its technology initiatives, which include giving Apple laptops to each of the approximately 2,300 students at its two high schools.

"It is no accident that we arrived ahead of the curve; in Lower Merion, our responsibility is to lead," Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley wrote on the district Web site. McGinley did not immediately return messages left Thursday by The Associated Press.

The Robbinses said they learned of the alleged webcam images when Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton High School, told their son Blake that school officials thought he had engaged in improper behavior at home. The behavior was not specified in the suit.

"(Matsko) cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam embedded in minor plaintiff's personal laptop issued by the school district," the suit states. The behavior was not specified in the suit, which did not make clear whether the family had seen any photographs captured by school officials.

Matsko later confirmed to Michael Robbins that the school had the ability to activate the webcams remotely, according to the suit, which was filed Tuesday and which seeks class-action status.

The Robbinses declined to speak with an Associated Press reporter at their home Thursday. Their lawyer, Mark S. Haltzman, did not return messages.

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the privacy of the home when it ruled in 2001 that police could not, without a warrant, use thermal imaging equipment outside a home to see if heat lamps were being used inside to grow marijuana. Technology or no, Supreme Court precedents draw "a firm line at the entrance to the house," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, quoting an earlier case.

"This isn't just them spying on the kids, this is them intruding on the parents' home. Who knows what they are seeing?" Walczak said. "The courts for 80 years have said there's no greater sanctuary than a person's own home."

The lawsuit's allegations raise new concerns about school-issued laptops, said an Electronic Freedom Foundation lawyer.

"I've never heard of anything this egregious," said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based group. "Nobody would have imagined that schools would peer into students private homes and even bedrooms without any kind of justification.

Students like Halpern say they mostly keep their computers in their bedrooms -- and rarely turn them off.

"School ends at the end of the school property, so they shouldn't really be in our business at home," Halpern said.

========================

People at a group I'm on are talking about this and I thought it was pretty interesting. I know my blood boils when schools try to get in my business, or anything of that sort.

Fake, no 15 year old uses "bogus"
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Darkflame
Problem Child
avatar

Number of posts : 8102
Hedonistic Glory : 11328
Reputation : 49
Joined In : 2009-10-26
Age : 22
Location : Scotland

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:45 am

Yeah, that's exactly what I thought LOL.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
MarshallEMG
True Gentleman
avatar

Number of posts : 1619
Hedonistic Glory : 4840
Reputation : 33
Joined In : 2008-12-21
Location : Ohio

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:57 pm

4th amendment. GG
Back to top Go down
View user profile
breakyoudown
Feeling brassic
Feeling brassic
avatar

Number of posts : 27750
Hedonistic Glory : 25290
Reputation : 302
Joined In : 2008-08-28
Age : 26

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:35 pm

I bet they have so many pics online

_________________
From this moment forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth
Back to top Go down
View user profile
sarainadream
True Gentleman
avatar

Number of posts : 784
Hedonistic Glory : 3713
Reputation : 19
Joined In : 2009-10-08
Age : 29
Location : Canada

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:32 am

NO ONE says bogus.
I have had tape over my built in webcam for years. I have heard about outside sources activating webcams and it had me uber paranoid despite the dim possibility.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Brute
Omnisciently Omnipotent
Omnisciently Omnipotent
avatar

Number of posts : 15856
Hedonistic Glory : 14871
Reputation : 107
Joined In : 2008-10-13
Age : 28
Location : Somewhere back in time....

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:51 am

i use the word bogus

then again, im not everyone...

_________________
Dark94Flame wrote:
Blink 182?
Byd, this is how it starts, you know. One day it's "I like Blink 182", the next it's "I think I like men".
Master Cthulhu wrote:
Where Bathory was an iron broadsword, this band is a big plastic one with "viking!" written on it in sparkly purple magic marker.
sarainadream wrote:
No fucking worries I guess you cunts, just wanted to bloody well plant the careful seed in your maggot infested brains.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.facebook.com
Guest
Guest



PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:16 am

Damn !
Back to top Go down
VacuousReality
...
...


Number of posts : 5941
Hedonistic Glory : 9729
Reputation : 115
Joined In : 2009-02-18
Location : USA

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:06 am

I just wonder what they were smoking when they did this, and if the kids they turned the webcam on were good looking or not.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Crispyman01
A Scholar
avatar

Number of posts : 241
Hedonistic Glory : 2970
Reputation : 3
Joined In : 2010-03-21
Age : 26
Location : Goshen, Indiana

PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:35 am

VacuousReality wrote:
I just wonder what they were smoking when they did this, and if the kids they turned the webcam on were good looking or not.

hahaha my thoughts exactly
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: School Used Webcams To Spy On Students   

Back to top Go down
 
School Used Webcams To Spy On Students
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Hobart to require volunteer service to graduate high school
» Asthma Death Boy Was 'Neglected' By School - inquest shows
» Students raise $10,000 for family of store clerk set on fire
» Ivor Slipper - Tales From St. Justice's School - James Goes Back to School
» Strict School Rules in China seem bizarre

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Tip of the Hat :: Preposterous Palaver and Infinite Jest-
Jump to: