School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre: Student In Question Was Disciplined For Eating Candy

from the mike-&-ikes dept

The story of the school district that supposedly spied on some students keeps getting odder and odder. While the school district claims that it used the secret remote webcam activation technology 42 times -- and only to track down stolen or lost laptops -- it still hasn't explained why this particular student was punished. He claims his laptop was not stolen and there was no reason to turn it on. The school claims that the assistant principal who supposedly confronted the student with an image from the webcam is being unfairly tarnished.

But here's where it gets even odder. Apparently, the "improper act" that the student was disciplined for was an accusation of either drug use or drug selling. For what? Well, the image showed the student with Mike & Ikes candies, which do have a passing resemblance to pills, but (last we checked) do not appear to be controlled substances.

Now, there certainly could be more to this story, but the school has not done a particularly good job explaining its side of things.

Filed Under: candy, drugs, privacy, schools, spying, webcams

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    Jacky Tar, 23 Feb 2010 @ 9:50am

    Re: Re: if I own a computer and lend it to somebody to use

    Huh? A webcam is helpful to locate a stolen computer? How? You'll get an image of where the computer happens to be, but if it's inside a building somewhere, that's not much help in locating the building. Far more helpful to install a GPS transmitter.

    As for the actual use the webcam was put to, two things:
    1) the school needs to be sued into the ground, as well as the individual who actually spied, that individual's supervisor and so on up the chain to the state's secretary of education for being invasive pervs, and
    2) piece of tape. Fixes that little problem. Given that it is far too easy for a computer to pick up a 'bot of some kind - antivirus and antispyware won't pick them all up, particularly if they don't do anything to the local data or executables or otherwise act as malicious code - I'd recommend that pretty much everyone should cover up that little lens except when they want to use it.

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