Friday, February 26, 2010

Remember when teachers only had extra eyes the back of their heads?

• The lawsuit.
Detailed technical insights on how this was accomplished.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating whether the school broke any federal wiretap laws when it remotely spied on a student at home, an anonymous official told the Associated Press.
A federal grand jury has also subpoenaed the school for records related to the so-called "security" measures implemented on the laptops that allowed officials to activate the webcams to see people using them, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
County DA - "We're going to be looking into the situation to see if a criminal investigation is warranted.
A federal judge ordered the Pennsylvania school district to stop activating the cameras.

PA - A suburban Philadelphia school district remotely activates the cameras in school-provided laptops to spy on students in their homes, a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday (2/11/10) alleged...

Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley, Pa., said they first found out about the alleged spying last November after their son Blake was accused by a Harriton High School official of "improper behavior in his home" and shown a photograph taken by his laptop.

An assistant principal at Harriton later confirmed that the district could remotely activate the webcam in students' laptops. (more) ("How Television Benefits Your Children")