Friday, February 19, 2010

Student says school webcam spied on him at home

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I don't think people realize that all photos from cell phones and video captures from webcams are easily accessible to anyone who knows how to do it. It it goes online for any reason. It can be downloaded to another computer or even streamed. Cell phones a highly accessible to almost anyone.
clipped from www.cnn.com

(CNN) -- Pennsylvania parents are suing their son's school, alleging it watched him through his laptop's webcam while he was at home and unaware he was being observed.

The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The suit said that on November 11, an assistant principal at Harriton High School told the plaintiffs' son that he was caught engaging in "improper behavior" in his home and it was captured in an image via the webcam.

The parents allege the district unlawfully used its ability to access a webcam remotely on their son's district-issued laptop computer.
According to the Robbinses' complaint, neither they nor their son, Blake, were informed of the school's ability to access the webcam remotely at any time
Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which faces a federal lawsuit, is proud of its laptop program, a rep says.
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