Saturday, May 1, 2010
There was a recent uproar locally about the school district performing remote surveillance on its students. The sensationalists headlines include "Laptop took thousands of images" and the like. Big deal. So images and screen captures were taken for many students. It's not like the students were working on computers they owned. These were laptops issued by the school district. They have every right to monitor the students. The laptops were meant for productive work. These kids need to get used to the fact that there's no expectation of privacy in the working world when working for someone else or using someone else's equipment. As I noted in my guide to telecommuting, I expect to keep constant electronic tabs on all of my workers. Other corporate environments will be similar. These kids need to grow up and learn that this is how the world operates.