Smile! You, too, will be in a federal database

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Lisa Simeone, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That was the school district & its computer vendor, not Microsoft. At least do some very basic research.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This Google search will bring you up to speed. I believe the school district has now paid out over half a million.

    I am seriously tempted to create a "Sky is Falling" forum & just start moving all the fearmongering stuff to it. We have enough real issues to deal with here without imagining new ones.
     
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Good grief, just read the Wikipedia account. This is seriously creepy.

    Found this ironic:
     
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  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    The point is that surveillance through webcams already exists. No imagination necessary.

    And I stand by my earlier FOAD to those who think it's any American's fault if they don't put black tape over their webcam. Seriously.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    But not done by Microsoft in every home & office as you implied. That was fearmongering of an imaginary, non-existent problem. The surveillance undertaken by school district was (1) illegal and (2) actionable. The legal system is working, and the school district is paying.

    Many of us actually use our webcams and would not want them ruined with black tape.

    There's been an upswing in posts like this lately, and I really don't want to spend my time addressing them. Future examples will end up in The Sky is Falling forum. If you can convince me that they represent real issues, they can always be moved back to the main forums.
     
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I'm too vain to use my webcam much at all. :D
     
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

  8. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I had to chuckle when I read the IT Director's response to the concern when expressed about enabled webcam spying:
    The students' concerns were blown off:
    This has happened on MY computer at home, btw!
     
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    For those who are worried, stick with webcams like this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826193057

    with hardware lens covers that block any images from being taken. In the case of integrated-webcam laptops, put tape over the stock cam and replace it with a lens-cover-equipped USB model.
     
  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    apparently iphone and android devices can be remotely turned on and used as microphones if the battery is not completely removed....
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Citation?
     
  12. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone."

    Worse yet, the apparently defunct Judicial branch seems to think this is all A-OK:

    :td:
     
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  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

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