Monday, April 19, 2010

Philadelphia School District Invades Students' Privacy

A Philadelphia school district has admitted to secretly photographing students from the laptops they borrowed from school. A district spokesman and the school's attorney confirmed that 56,000 images were captured and recorded, ostensibly to find missing computers.

The secret tracking program took pictures every 15 minutes, and the attorney said sometimes the program was turned on for months at a time.

So far one student has filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging wiretap and privacy violations.

Shame on the school district. Missing computers may be an issue there (they haven't said to what extent), but the end does not justify the means. The lawyer asserts that none of the photos are "inappropriate," but in actuality, all of the photos are just that.

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