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  1. Default Schools Spying on Students at Home Thru Laptop Webcams

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    Class-action suit alleges schools remotely activate Webcams on school-issued notebooks

    According to the lawsuit filed by a high school student and his parents, the Lower Merion School District of Ardmore, Pa. has spied on students and families by "indiscriminate use of and ability to remotely activate the Webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students by the School District."

    Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley, Pa., said they first found out about the alleged spying last November after their son Blake was accused by a Harriton High School official of "improper behavior in his home" and shown a photograph taken by his laptop.

    An assistant principal at Harriton later confirmed that the district could remotely activate the Webcam in students' laptops. "Michael Robbins thereafter verified, through [Assistant Principal] Ms. Matsko, that the school district in fact has the ability to remotely activate the Webcam contained in a student's personal laptop computer issued by the school district at any time it chose and to view and capture whatever images were in front of the Webcam, all without the knowledge, permission or authorization of any persons then and there using the laptop computer," the lawsuit stated.
    "If you're looking for something that isn't there, you're wasting your time and the taxpayers' money."

    -Michael Neuman, U.S. Government bureaucrat, on why NIST didn't address explosives in its report on the WTC collapses

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    What a disgrace. I hope the lawsuit is successful.
    The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
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    I know I cuss alot,so thanks for putting up with me here.That said:

    Holy Fuckin' Shit Man!!!!!!!!!
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    Call that cussing?

    You should hear my wife on a Sunday morning on the way to church.

    That's cussing...
    The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
    Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

  5. Default Part of an interview with school district officials

    from here.

    My Emphasis

    OK, so back to my interview with Young, in which he admits that the school district has used the webcam "security feature" more than once, and that they're not alone in doing so:

    City Paper: Has the school district used this security feature before?
    Doug Young: Yes, a handful of times. We only used it when a laptop was reported stolen, lost or missing.

    CP: Did Blake Robbins steal the laptop?
    DY: I can't refer to the specifics of the case, but I can say that the feature would not be activated unless it was reported stolen. A student or family member would have to report that it was stolen for us to use it.

    CP: Why not just use an IP address to find the laptop?
    DY: That's a good question, I don't know why. I'll have to get back to you about that. I can say that the software feature isn't just utilized in this school district. It's utilized by other school districts and organizations.

    CP: Which school districts?
    DY: I'll have to get back to you on that.
    "If you're looking for something that isn't there, you're wasting your time and the taxpayers' money."

    -Michael Neuman, U.S. Government bureaucrat, on why NIST didn't address explosives in its report on the WTC collapses

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Guyatt View Post
    Call that cussing?

    You should hear my wife on a Sunday morning on the way to church.

    That's cussing...
    David,you just made my day.God,I needed a good laugh............
    "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
    Buckminster Fuller

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