I saw a story this weekend that just amazed me, although perhaps I'm being a bit naive (ha, wouldn't be the first time!). Seems a school district in Lower Merim, Pennsylvania is being sued by a 17 year old student. Apparently this school district supplies all 2300 students enrolled in its two high schools with laptops. These laptops include web cams and programming that allows the administration to activate them at any point.
The school district claims it only uses this technology to locate stolen or lost computers. Uh huh. Then why was Blake Robbins summoned to the office by an assistant principal to discuss inappropriate behavior he exhibited while at home, with, photo proof?
It should come as no surprise that the school district is completely denying the incident. Apparently the FBI is getting involved to try to sort out the truth. I am thinking that if this did happen, and I tend to think it did, it is most definitely not the first time.
My advice? If you have a company or school owned computer...cover up the webcam with a piece of tape. It is the only way to be certain you aren't being watched.