Saturday, February 20, 2010

Remember the school using laptop webcams to spy on students?

My original post is here, partway down; now they're admitting it but claiming it was a 'anti-theft measure':
• How did the security feature work? Upon a report of a suspected lost, stolen or missing laptop, the feature was activated by the District's security and technology departments. The tracking-security feature was limited to taking a still image of the operator and the operator's screen. This feature has only been used for the limited purpose of locating a lost, stolen or missing laptop. The District has not used the tracking feature or web cam for any other purpose or in any other manner whatsoever.
The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence.
Which means ...has not used the tracking feature or web cam for any other purpose or in any other manner whatsoever is a flat-out damned lie. Big-ass nasty lawsuit time.

Oh, and if they wanted a 'find the stolen laptop' method, they ever heard of GPS? As opposed to 'take a picture of the (possible)thief'?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "Anti Theft" ploy sounds like a pretty thinly veiled attempt to avoid getting their asses sued off. Someone's kids are going to be driving Ferraris to their all expenses paid college. I hope so, anyway.

I wonder if we'll ever know how many of these spy-cam laptops were given out and how much it's going to cost the school district?

Another little thing I'm curious to know is what in Hell were they using in lieu of brains? And yes, I fully believe that more than just these few idiots would think something like this would be a good idea.

Gerry N.