Update: Students Knew "MacBook Cameras Turned On Randomly" as School Administrators Gave Technical Excuses

One of the students involved in the class-action lawsuit against the administrators who used school-provided laptops to spy on them, contacted Gizmodo with details about what was happening.

Frequently, the green lights next to our [Early 2008 MacBook] iSight webcams will turn on. The school district claims that this is just a glitch. We are all doubting this now.


Another student has confirmed this:

I questioned the IT guy about why it was happening he said that it was because people logged out when an application using the camera was on, he also stated that they could in fact go and look through your webcam it would just violate the fifth ammendment and that's why they didn't.

Today, their principal went on loudspeaker and said that all this was "not true."

Remember kids, if the green light goes on in your laptop, someone is watching you somewhere. [Gizmodo]



My dad is principal at a private highschool in upstate NY - I asked him about this one.

Students have no rights to speak of. The school absolutely can go after students for "inappropriate" things they do in their own home.

As for actively spying - he didn't know the answer to that beyond if it's the school's equipment they can do what they want with it.

This of course only applies to a private school in NY, the laws may be different in this case.

— update —

He checked into it. The school can not actively watch students in their home, but can (and do) hold them accountable for their actions if the school becomes aware of it.