[funsec] big brother at school

Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah rMslade at shaw.ca
Thu Feb 18 13:35:46 CST 2010

Date sent:      	Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:28:13 -0600
From:           	RandallM <randallm at fidmail.com>

> http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/17/school-used-student.html



"A federal class action claims a suburban school district has been spying on 
students and families through the "indiscriminant use of and ability to remotely 
activate the webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students," without 
the knowledge or consent of students or parents. The named plaintiffs say they 
learned that Big Brother was in their home when an assistant principal told their 
son that the school district knew he `was engaged in improper behavior in his 
home, and cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam embedded in minor 
plaintiff's personal laptop issued by the school district.'" 

Always possible that the allegations are wrong or overstated, but, on the face of it, 
sounds like this school district could be in very serious trouble ...

(Cue comments about protecting children, and being willing to give up personal 
freedoms for a worthy cause, etc ... )

======================  (quote inserted randomly by Pegasus Mailer)
rslade at vcn.bc.ca     slade at victoria.tc.ca     rslade at computercrime.org
What you ... call a poor signal-to-noise ratio is the 'glue' that
holds a community together, that lets us recognize one another as
people rather than roles.                            - Anton Aylward
victoria.tc.ca/techrev/rms.htm blog.isc2.org/isc2_blog/slade/index.html
http://twitter.com/NoticeBored http://twitter.com/rslade

More information about the funsec mailing list