Role Models – School sued for spying through laptops

Ahem.

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…

So basically, the school offered a laptop initiative. I don’t know if this meant the students bought them or leased, but the problem arose when a teacher supposed confronted a student over misconduct and the student realized the picture that was shown to him was taken from his home. Since the lawsuit has been filed, they have disabled the security feature and are investigating it right now. Full story here.

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