After school webcam
Articles appeared in the AP, Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, and all over the blog world, all outraged.
Today, the superintendent of the school district responded with this letter: Dear LMSD Parents/Guardians, Our history has been to go to great lengths to protect the privacy of our students; whether it comes to student health, academic or other records.
The family accused an assistant principal at Harriton High School of watching their son through his laptop's webcam while he was at home and unaware he was being watched.
The family also says the school official used a photo taken on a laptop as the basis for disciplining the student.
"We believe that the administrator at Harriton has been unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked in connection with her attempts to be supportive of a student and his family.
The district never did and never would use such tactics as a basis for disciplinary action." A school official said it was a mistake not to make families aware of a feature allowing the school to monitor the computer hardware. Klaver said he could not disclose the existence of an investigation.
Passwords were changed right away and the matter seems to be fixed, he said in an interview.
When organizations and public bodies use this technology, they need to first do a proper assessment to ensure that they are respecting the privacy of individuals." Privacy lawyer Karen Eltis, a law professor at University of Ottawa, said with data and image collection comes great responsibility -- especially in the borderless world of the Internet. " Eltis said it's all about balancing competing rights and interests.
The law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN that the FBI will try to determine whether federal wiretap or computer intrusion laws were violated. In a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed Wednesday in U. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley are suing the school district, its board of directors, and the superintendent.
They claim that the district unlawfully used its ability to remotely access a webcam on their son's laptop computer, which was issued by the district.
(CNN) -- The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that a Pennsylvania school official remotely monitored a student at home, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Saturday.
The official, who asked not to be identified, said the FBI became involved in the case after a family filed a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District, located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."The combination of live feeds in individuals' homes, without them being aware that this is available online, and then add to that the geographical location as well, it's an incredibly serious and concerning issue," she said. watching TV in her housecoat, and a family in Alberta eating breakfast in their pyjamas. Some have very weak and hackable security settings," said Robert Currie, director of the Law and Technology Institute at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.