Thursday, July 01, 2010

Pennsylvania Police Departments Will Be Able to Wirelessly Monitor Franklin Regional School District Bathroom Cameras Live in Realtime from Laptops

I know that some people are happy that kids and teenagers do not have any right to privacy in public schools, but I am not one of those people. I believe that students should have an expectation of privacy in school, but unfortunately, they do not. These new live cameras in the Franklin Regional School District (Pennsylvania) with real time police monitoring capacity end any privacy rights that still exist in the schools.

About 128 cameras keep watch over the Franklin Regional School District's five schools - one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools. And the Murrysville Police Department will upgrade officers' in-car laptops with software that will connect to each of the district's live video feeds. Linking to these feeds could provide vital information for police officers in the event of an emergency...

When the software is installed, police officers can log on through their laptops, most likely via a virtual private network (VPN), to access the software hosted from the school district's server. The software will provide a live feed from the schools' cameras, and also can load other information, like electronic floor plans to help police officers identify points of interest, such as stairwells and bathrooms.

Let's hope that this police force does not have officers who will use these live bathroom camera feeds for unauthorized purposes.

Source: Government Technology

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