Here’s a weird little story out of suburban Philadelphia. School district buys laptops for students. School district secretly installs software that allows it to activate the webcam feature on the laptop. School official allegedly uses feature to spy on 15-year-old boy at home. Lawsuit ensues.
Is this a great country or what?
“The suit says that in November, assistant principal Lynn Matsko called in sophomore Blake Robbins and told him that he had “engaged in improper behavior in his home,” and cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam in his school-issued laptop.
Matsko later told Robbins’ father, Michael, that the district “could remotely activate the webcam contained in a student’s personal laptop . . . at any time it chose and to view and capture whatever images were in front of the webcam” without the knowledge or approval of the laptop’s users, the suit says.
It does not say what improper activity Robbins was accused of or what, if any, discipline resulted. Reached at home yesterday, his mother, Holly, said she could not comment on advice of the family’s lawyers.”