this is why i don't own a web cam... :yield: School Accused of Secretly Spying on Students Through Laptop Webcams http://mashable.com/2010/02/18/school-spies-on-kids-through-webcams/ File under: ?Extremely Creepy? ? BoingBoing reports that a recent case filing in Robbins vs. Lower Merion School District, a Pennsylvania school, is a class action suit on behalf of students with school-issued laptops whose webcams have been used to watch the students and their families at home. It was discovered that the laptops issued by the high school contained software allowing administrators to covertly activate the on-board webcam. The plaintiff, Blake J. Robbins, was disciplined by the school for ?improper behavior in his home.? The evidence of said impropriety was brought forth by the school vice principal, who displayed a photo of Robbins taken by the laptop?s webcam. TechDirt indicates a recent episode of PBS Frontline that contains video footage of an official at another school using a remote desktop application to spy on students in a similar way. He says almost proudly, ?They don?t even realize we?re watching.? In other words, school-sponsored surveillance might not even be uncommon. You can read the full text of the case filing in the PA case: Robbins vs. Lower Merion School District (PDF). What do you think about schools spying on their students? As in other realms where this issue is becoming more prevalent, is the benefit of giving kids access to laptops worth the price of their privacy?