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  1. Feb 18, 2010 #1


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    A Philadelphia school district issued laptops to each of its high school students; pretty cool idea....

    Students later found out that school officials could (and apparently did) turn on the web cams remotely, and watch them at school and at home. They did this without notifying the students or families! Now the school district is being sued.

    Unbelievable :eek:..someone has some 'splainin' to do!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35461838/ns/technology_and_science-security/" [Broken]
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    There was a Frontline episode that was on a couple weeks ago which had something very similar. It showed a staff member of a school accessing various students' on-board laptop cameras to see what they were up to. He even admitted to occasionally altering things on their computer from his workstation while they were using it, and did so during the interview.

    This was all done under the banner of making sure the students weren't goofing off.

    Edit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/" is the episode I watched.
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  4. Feb 18, 2010 #3
    Yes, it's hard to swallow. If it's true, it's quite disgusting.
  5. Feb 18, 2010 #4
    i'm sure it was all in the fine print
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