ACLU Rhode Island Finds Massive Privacy Compromises in 1 to 1 Computer Programs

SLEEPING MUTINY: Blake Robbins, a sophomore at Harrington High School in Pennsylvania was shocked to find out that his photo was taken by school officials without his permission. But he's not alone, according to a report released last Thursday by the ACLU in Rhode Island, hundreds of students faced violations similar to Robbins, among other disturbing findings.

The report shows 22 districts in Rhode Island require parents to acknowledge that there is no expectation of privacy when using computers that are part of a 1:1 program. It also found that 11 districts claim they can remotely access a student's computer with notice or consent from students or parents, and 15 school districts say they can physically inspect the device and its contents at any time, for any reason.

The document issues a series of privacy recommendations that ACLU says parents should demand from their school districts before opting into 1 to 1 programs, based on the premise that school districts should not be able to enter private homes or issue unwarranted searches without permission from students and parents. 

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