Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. 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. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines.
[INDENT]Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me—[/INDENT] (1984)
Though quite what for is another question.
That is creepy.
Why does the school think they can do that? I dont know the laws in PA, but is that legal? I would think not.
This made me angry.
Severe invasion of privacy, that's all this is.
What is this I don't even. There is so much stuff I do infront of the computer that could count as "Improper behavior at home. I get dressed with a laptop in my room. The people responsible for this should got to prison and be completely barred from absolutly any job that involves working with children or the goverment.
How the hell did they think that they can get away with this?
Not that I want to know what this kid was doing, or care, but there is no cause for this whatsoever. Nothing can justify such a gross invasion of privacy.
I think we all know what the kid was doing. It's my life. It's in my room. I can do whatever the fuck I want and they can't do shit about it. I'm willing to bet nearly every single kid in that school is so embarresed they don't ever want to go to that school again. This is the kind of stuff that can scar you for life.
I wonder if this Vice Principle or whoever is beind this gross invasion of privacy was using this capability for something like, I dont know, porn? People expect their homes/rooms to be private, people get dressed in their rooms and do other private stuff as already pointed out.
What the fuck? That is not legal at all. Hell, they even do not have a reason for it. Ban the headmaster and admins, and all staff involved.
noobst3R;5245387What the fuck? That is not legal at all. Hell, they even do not have a reason for it. Ban the headmaster and admins, and all staff involved.
Ban? This isn't the internet.
They'll get due process of law.
I have herd stories from the res-cons(people who go to people's rooms to fix their computers) at my university have found programs on foreign students'(Chinese and Japanese) computers that allow someone(probably their home government or university) to follow everything they do on it.
I can see allowing the school to remotely access the computers for updates and tech support seeing as they are the school's property. However the kids are not on school property and thus are not subject to the school's rules and regulations.