posted on Feb, 21 2010 @ 04:29 PM
Originally posted by ConcernedBrother
My brother goes to the school mentioned in the above article, Harriton High School. I'd like to summarize what happened since there's a lot of
rumors floating about on other sites, not sure about this one. The kid in question, named Blake, partook in an “illegal” action. Not that I care,
since the activation of the camera is a complete violation of rights. He was smoking pot and the reason they claim they activated the camera is
because they had suspicion he was dealing drugs. Which is a stupid excuse, considering he isn’t a drug dealer, and also that gives them no right.
Besides, it’s pot. Not a big deal. But anyway they took a snapshot of him blazing and used it to interrogate him or what have you. I’ve borrowed
my brother’s laptop as well a few times and noticed the camera would randomly turn on. As in the green light would turn on, on the apple laptop. I
didn’t think much of it since I knew no one would be sick enough to spy on underage kids. However, I was obviously wrong. This camera has also
turned on when my brother has been undressing to take a shower, since the laptop is open when he listens to music, when showering. Federal money payed
for the laptops (go figure). This same high school charges at least $20 just to get a parking pass.
This is a very important post because this person allegedly knows someone who goes to the high school.
Reading all the articles and this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the software was activated for a purpose other than to find a stolen
laptop, which is what the school superintendent claimed in this article:
FBI Investigates Webcam Spy Allegations Against
“While we understand the concerns, in every one of the fewer than 50 instances in which the tracking software was used this school year, its sole
purpose was to try to track down and locate a student's computer," he wrote. "While certain rules for laptop use were spelled out - such as
prohibitive uses on and off school property - there was no explicit notification that the laptop contained the security software. This notice should
have been given and we regret that was not done."
It seems like they suspected he was doing drugs (hence the Mike and Ikes) and were able to remotely access the webcam, without prior permission, to
monitor the student without him knowing.
To monitor someone's behavior without them knowing is to SPY on them. They fully intended to use the software to catch the kid in the act and spy on
him in the process. They were not using the software to find stolen laptops. They were using the software to spy on the student for an indeterminate
amount of time.
There are plenty of computer programs available that can help recover stolen laptops without using a camera, so there is no excuse for the school
policy to be to remotely activate the cameras.
I also find it disturbing that the students and parents were not informed that the cameras could be activated remotely.
It is also disturbing that in this case, the laptop had not even been stolen
! It seems pretty arbitrary to me that they would choose to go
through these methods to catch one particular student that they suspected of doing drugs, for whatever reason.
[edit on 21-2-2010 by Albastion]