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2010-02-24
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Laptop Monitoring by Pennsylvania

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Tagged As: Education, Privacy, and Society

So in recent times, the Lower Merion School District or Pennsylvania issued Apple laptops to its high school students. What nobody knew, was the laptops came installed with software for remotely (and covertly) enabling the built-in webcams for monitoring student behavior. The matter came to light when the vice principal disciplined one student using a photo from the webcam showing activity at from their residence. Naturally this stirred all sorts of privacy controversy which led to the superintendent issuing a response stating the technology was intended to be used for recovering stolen school property in the event of a loss. Everything is winding into a class action lawsuit with both sides vigorously defending their positions. In the meantime, a federal judge has ordered the school to cease and desist all use of the remote monitoring software until a decision is made while the FBI conducts its investigation.



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