Dan Morrill works in Interactive Media and Cloud delivery systems for Comics Forge as the COO. He has been blogging since 2003 covering different emerging technologies, management and information security. Dan works as a founding member of a number of startups, including Startup Academy International and Dead Tree Comics. His interests are in intellectual property protection, piracy, and information security as it applies to cloud computing. He also has a deep interest in media, mobile computing, and education.. His personal blog is here,  his other pro-blog is here .

3 responses to “School used Remotely Activated Web Cams to spy on high school students at home”

  1. John Doe

    What about “what” product was used for this? This type of service is obviously available, but “who” felt it is justifiable to use and “when” and “where” is it justifiable?

    This sort of monitoring and tracking should be only applied in cases where a machine is stolen and in the hands of a suspect, not a child, and handled by Law Enforcement (not open to anyone to use).

    I have found an offerings that looks like it maybe the reason for this happening.

    Advertise taking pictures: http://www.gadgettrak.com/

    These guys even advertise that they will tell you what the user is wearing! This sort of behaviour in the wrong hands is the cause of this sort of mess.

  2. Ken Westin

    Hello,

    I am the founder of GadgetTrak which you mention in your link. First off this school is not using our software, as this implementation would vioalate our EULA. We also have a number of things implemented to protect user’s privacy which would have mitigated issues such as this. Odds are the school is using software developed by a company outside the U.S. which does not have as strict a a EULA or requirements to follow U.S. laws in regards to data privacy and protection.

  3. dz7

    Most of the online articles about this leave out the fact that the function of the software is to help recover stolen laptops by identifying the stolen laptop’s user.

    The idea that school administrators have access to continuous webcam feeds was invented by the press and bloggers.