I knew my story about the Lower Merion School District spying on its students via their webcams would get a rise out of the Cringeville population, and I wasn't disappointed. Since I posted the piece, however, there have been a few new developments.
At no point in time did I have the ability to access any Web cam through security tracking software. At no time have I ever monitored a student via a laptop web cam, nor have I ever authorized the monitoring of a student via security tracking web cam, either at school or within the home. And I never would.
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She adds that she's never disciplined a student for actions outside of school that were not related to school activities. You can listen to her full six-minute statement at KYW Newsradio's Web site.
The problem? According to the lawsuit at the heart of this case, Matsko allegedly showed Harriton High sophomore Blake Robbins a picture somebody else allegedly snapped of him using his laptop's webcam. That's something she never actually denies doing (possibly on advice of her lawyers).
Fact is, though, if there's anyone at fault here, it isn't Matsko -- it's the IT geeks who implemented this "laptop tracking" technology and the school administrators who approved its use.
Outrageous as it seems, this practice does not seem to be that unusual. First there's that school in the Bronx that uses Webcams to remotely watch students in classrooms [video], which was featured in an NPR Frontline documentary, "Digital Nation." It's pretty damned creepy.