Beware of Schools Bearing Laptops with Webcams

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?:

The Superintendant of the Lower Merion School District — where parents have initiated a class action suit over the covert use of students’ laptops to surveil them in school and at home — has sent a letter to parents with more information about the spying. The school admits that there was spyware installed on students laptops that allowed for remote, covert activation of their webcams, but maintains that the measure was only to be used in the event of theft of the machine (some had speculated that the school was only able to surveil students’ hard drives, and that the images of a student engaged in “misconduct” in his home that a vice-principal confronted the student with had been taken by the student, intentionally, and stored on the laptop’s hard-drive, from which it was retrieved by the school administration — this now seems not to have been the case). The school also claims that the system can only capture still images, not audio or video. They have disabled the system for now and deny that it was misused.

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  1. I’d really like to understand the meaning behind this. I think this is a bit overboard, I’m sure there are other security measures the school can take in trying to protect it’s property from being stolen. Plus, if the laptop wasn’t stolen or reported stolen, why would they need to turn the feature on anyways…

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