Open Camera Thread

This open thread will open your eyes, may make them pop a bit as your head explodes... But this thread will NOT turn on your Webcam without your knowledge or permission, nor will it be spying on your kids:

Mike Perbix. Write that name
down, because it's sounding more and more like he might have to legally
change his name after this mess, no matter what the outcome.

Four days after the story first broke, all hell has broken loose.

County prosecutors are investigating wiretap/privacy laws. Federal prosecutors are issuing subpoenas and the FBI is involved. The school district, meanwhile, has now admitted using the remote webcam spying system 42 times to locate lost or stolen laptops, has suspended the program and has retained outside counsel.

Oh, yeah, and the story now apparently involves Mike & Ike candy.

All of this you probably already knew if you've been following the story so far. However, there's more, so much more...

This guy is a computer security consultant
who's done an excellent, in-depth investigation of his own into the
technical side of just what exactly the IT people at Lower Merion
actually did.

Nothing like the thought of your kids being spied on by school administrators everywhere they leave their laptops lying around (like, maybe, in their bedrooms) to put a parent's mind at ease. No doubt that pedophiles are excited to learn about this great feature.

Via techdirt, we have a PBS video on this subject below the fold:

This may be more common than I thought. Julian Sanchez points us to a recent PBS Frontline episode
about technology in schools that shows a school official proudly
showing off the ability to spy on kids this way (well, using remote
desktop emulation, rather than turning on webcams, but many of the kids
seem to use webcams a lot). That part of the video starts at 4:37 and
even shows him taking a photo of a girl as she does her hair via the

Unplug your webcam and Open Thread it....