WebcamGate: Lower Merion District Escapes Criminal Charges

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Blues22475

I would prefer to pay a down payment as opposed to having my child's privacy violated in his/her own home. I understand that the laptops are property of the school, but does that really give them free reign to spy on children on their own homes? Some schools take it upon themselves to take responsibility for children outside of the school, but using web cams to monitor children without their approval? That's a bit much.

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d3v

What  a fucked up school system you have in the US. School authorities spying on students isn't so bad. At least compared to armed students going on killing sprees!

Perhaps they should stop handing out laptops if they can't afford to have them stolen? Or better yet ask students for a refundable cash deposit in exchange for the machines. That will prevent theft.

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Luq07

My child goes to this school district.  A refundable deposit is required.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

It's most likely because of the No Child Left Behind program. The parents don't have money to go out and buy the students a laptop that they may need for school. In the same token, they couldn't afford a cash deposit either. Because of the program, the schools are mandated to provide laptops for less priveleged students. That's where all the trouble started. It was a good idea in theory, but it was poorly executed. Apparently they handed out the rights to view the cams to every teacher in the district, where, in theory, they should only have given them out to a few responsible teachers (or maybe even just the school's IT techs) to use only if they had real reason to believe the laptop was stolen.

It was a good idea, but poorly executed, because they put too much trust in the hands of the teachers and other faculty that should have never had the right to view this to begin with.

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Luq07

Actually, This is one of the wealthiest school districts in Pennsylvania.  Average home prices in Lower Merion County are about $300K and range up into the multi-millions.  This had nothing to do with No Child Left Behind.  And these aren't less privileged kids.  The kids that live 5 miles away in Philadelphia get 1 computer per classroom and half aren't hooked up.  My daughters go the high school and trust me, the kids there are far from under-privileged.  Please google the story and read about it before making comments about stuff you aren't really familiar with.  The crux of this story is the school decided to implement spyware that turned on the cameras and they used to watch the kids while they were at home.  Some kids had pictures taken while in various states of undress.  The school also lied and said that the green camera light that people noticed was glowing was just a "software bug".  It was an invasion of privacy, pure and simple.  Worse yet, you can't opt out of the laptop program and bring your own as it has to have school software installed on it which can't be installed on personal laptops. 

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ShadowDragoonFTW

Regardless of how the laptops were distributed or obtained, that doesn't nullify my point. They gave way too much fucking privelege to teachers that couldn't be trusted. That's the crux of what I was saying. So, go ahead and talk down to me like I'm an idiot, but that doesn't change my point, smartass.

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praack

Early articles had emails where the workers were viewing the photo's and footage as entertainment. Calling it better than soap opera's or television

so what meets the strict letter of the law? or is the interpretation different because this was a government agency versus you or I?

all that is left is the lawsuit and to get the wiretap law changed because right now any company or school district etc can do the same - here is your precedent

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mrj1072

Are friggin kidding me!!  I read about this months ago and thought:

"There is no godamn way they will get away with something this big.  Ok guys f**king get em'!!"

Way to drop the ball!!

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grorc

Half the people that commit crimes dont intend to commit a crime!  That doesnt mean a crime wasnt committed.  So instead of going after this crap, they are going to legislate FM radios into my cellphone.  I am tired of living in bizarro world.  Can I go back to Normal Town?

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ShadowDragoonFTW

That's why I plan to one day move to Japan. They may be some of the craziest mofos in the world, but at least THEIR kind of crazy makes sense!!

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