School district sued for using webcams to spy on students

“This isn’t just them spying on the kids, this is them intruding on the parents’ home. Who knows what they are seeing?” Walczak said. “The courts for 80 years have said there’s no greater sanctuary than a person’s own home.”

The lawsuit’s allegations raise new concerns about school-issued laptops, said an Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer.

“I’ve never heard of anything this egregious,” said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based group. “Nobody would have imagined that schools would peer into students’ private homes and even bedrooms without any kind of justification.”

Students like Halperin say they mostly keep their computers in their bedrooms—and rarely turn them off.

“School ends at the end of the school property, so they shouldn’t really be in our business at home,” Halperin said.

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