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Old 02-18-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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Lower Merion School District sued for cyber spying on students | Philadelphia Daily News | 02/18/2010 (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/84715297.html?cmpid=15585797 - broken link)

Big Brother is alive and well and living in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

'Free Computers if you go to our school! (But we might spy on you with them...)'

The vice-principal used video recorded through the webcam of a kid at home as evidence of inappropriate behavior.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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Lower Merion School District sued for cyber spying on students | Philadelphia Daily News | 02/18/2010 (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/84715297.html?cmpid=15585797 - broken link)

Big Brother is alive and well and living in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

'Free Computers if you go to our school! (But we might spy on you with them...)'

The vice-principal used video recorded through the webcam of a kid at home as evidence of inappropriate behavior.
First public response from the school system:
LMSD | Lower Merion School District Announcements
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: California
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I'm not sure how this even helps tract lost of stolen computers...unless someone recognizes whoever they snap a photo of. And who exactly would be doing that? It's senseless.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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It certainly seems like there are far far more accurate and sure ways of tracking the culprit of stolen equipment than using a webcam (keystroke tracking software, for instance).

It also doesn't seem to address the issue, since this story became public when a student was accused of doing something with his correctly assigned equipment in his own home. Clearly the school is doing more than activating the software after a report of theft.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Class action pirranah I mean attorneys will be killing each other to get in on this easy win.

There's another thread about college degrees and intelligence. I guess this proves the falsehood of any correlation between the two.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Why don't parents simply put a piece of tape over the cam and turn off speakers?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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Why don't parents simply put a piece of tape over the cam and turn off speakers?
They will now, but before this happened, there was no reason to think it was necessary!
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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And people wonder why some of us advocate strongly against big government....

It wouldn't surprise me if other school districts were doing the same thing. Lower Merion School District was just the first to get caught.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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Yet, another reason to consider home schooling.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Iíll bet the person who operates the equipment is the same guy who used to prowl around the neighborhood peeping into windows.
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