From Pine View Farm

“Smile, You’re on Candid Camera” (Updated) 0

I used to live in Lower Merion, which has now made international news. I lived in the poor part of the township, actually not far from where Senator Heinz’s plane went down (the school grounds were about four blocks away from my house).

Lower Merion is one of the richest jurisdictions in the US, with a very impressive “mansions per square mile” ratio.

I lived there in 1983. Now Lower Merion appears to be stuck in 1984.

From the BBC:

Parents in the US have accused a school of spying on children by remotely activating webcams on laptops.

A couple from Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against a school district which gave laptops to its high school pupils.

They say their son was told off by teachers for “engaging in improper behaviour in his home” and that the evidence was an image from his webcam.

The Inky has the latest and the even laterest.

Addendum, Several Days Later:

Some interesting links regarding this.

The latest from the Inky and the Philly DN.

And, according to Martin at the Network Security Blog, the software in question was much more than anti-theft software, such as LoJack; it was remote administration software which enabled the remote user to take complete control of the computer, not just to snap a picture if the box were reported stolen.


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