The company does not have a list of students’ names and instead uses “deductive reasoning” to link public accounts to students, Frydrych said. It also only looks at public postings.
Brendan Hamme, an attorney with the Southern California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the district is walking a fine line with its social media surveillance.
The program is “sweeping and far afield of what is necessary to ensure student safety,” he said.
Daily reports to school administrators include a screen capture of the flagged posts, along with details of whether they were made on or off campus, the time and date, the user’s name, if available, and a description of why the post caught the attention of analysts, Frydrych said.
It’s up to administrators to decide to act and, so far, no students have been disciplined because of a post discovered under the pilot program, Sheehan said.
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