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PA Laptop Spying Inspires FSF Crowdsourcing Effort 135

holmesfsf writes "Creeped out by the Lower Merion School District's remote monitoring of students? Check out the Free Software Foundation's response to the laptop spying scandal and help build a wiki listing of school districts that provide students with laptops, so that the FSF can campaign against mandatory, proprietary laptops."
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PA Laptop Spying Inspires FSF Crowdsourcing Effort

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  • by bmo ( 77928 ) on Saturday March 13, 2010 @11:57AM (#31464300)

    No, you don't get to monitor people through your network, unless it's for monitoring how the network is working. Not without notification to the users (who in this case can't sign a contract legally).

    You *do not* get carte blanche to monitor users simply because you spent money and built a network. In order to do that, you need to get a waiver from the users of that network.

    If you're going to secretly monitor minors using your network, you are a creepy fuck and you deserve to go to jail because you've just violated the ECPA.

    *BMO throws a copy of the ECPA and a copy of Netlaw at your head*


  • by Max_W ( 812974 ) on Saturday March 13, 2010 @12:31PM (#31464496)

    In Soviet Russia the laptop is watching you. No...wait...

  • by BitterOak ( 537666 ) on Saturday March 13, 2010 @07:30PM (#31467792)

    Spending millions of dollars and loaning out hardware doesn't give school officials the right to remotely activate and control the laptop webcam and spy on children in their own bedrooms--potentially while undressing.

    But children love strangers to watch them undress in their bedrooms. Haven't you ever used ChatRoulette?

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