Conspiracy Theorists Can Officially Begin Drooling


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13 Years
Jun 22, 2009
The Sovereign State of NC
Please, PLEASE tell me this is a joke. What's sad is that I don't have trouble believing it.

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home
By Cory Doctorow at 11:49 PM February 17, 2010

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines.

If true, these allegations are about as creepy as they come. I don't know about you, but I often have the laptop in the room while I'm getting dressed, having private discussions with my family, and so on. The idea that a school district would not only spy on its students' clickstreams and emails (bad enough), but also use these machines as AV bugs is purely horrifying.

Schools are in an absolute panic about kids divulging too much online, worried about pedos and marketers and embarrassing photos that will haunt you when you run for office or apply for a job in 10 years. They tell kids to treat their personal details as though they were precious.

your privacy is worthless and you shouldn't try to protect it.

Update: The school district admits that student laptops were shipped with software for covertly activating their webcams, but denies wrongdoing.
A small piece of electrical tape will take care of that webcam, but it can record audio, too? I would be spittin mad over something like this!

I couldn't click the link.
Not new - the family geek has told me how easy it is to hack into someone's webcam and remotely activate and use, years ago. This is why I paranoidly (real word?) will only get a webcam that plugs into the usb port when I want to use it. Too freaking scary. And what about DH's company crackberry? His new electronic leash has a webcam too.
My next thought is, "Can we say Orwellian?" You've got to read the comments, too. They're pretty good. And the article has a picture of a computer with the "All-Seeing Eye" on-screen.
and parents can legally buy software that'll do the exact same thing for their kids. Just because they can doesn't mean they should......

I had a bill engval moment a month or so ago when the wife was sorting laundry.
But if you wear your tinfoil hats (like you all should be doing!!) The camera wont be able to get a clear picture.....
or something like that...yeah... thats it...
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