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Android malware that gives hackers remote control is on rise | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "Remote access tools have long been a major part of targeted hacker attacks on individuals and corporate networks."
Barbara Stefanics

Robotic chimp could one day roam the moon - CNN.com - 0 views

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    Could our next Moon exploration mission involve a small step for an ape, but a giant leap for all robots?
Barbara Stefanics

The Legal Implications of Surveillance Cameras | District Administration Magazine - 0 views

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    "The Legal Implications of Surveillance Cameras
    District administrators need to know the law and make these policies clear.
    By:
    Amy M. Steketee
    District Administration, February 2012
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    The nature of school security has changed dramatically over the last decade. Schools employ various measures, from metal detectors to identification badges to drug testing, to promote the safety and security of staff and students. One of the increasingly prevalent measures is the use of security cameras. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reported that more than half of all public schools used security cameras during the 2007-2008 school year to monitor students, a 30 percent increase over eight years prior.

    While security cameras can be useful in addressing and deterring violence and other misconduct, they also raise several legal issues that can leave school administrators in a quandary. Does the use of surveillance cameras to capture images violate a student or staff member's right of privacy? If the images captured on a surveillance recording are of a student violating school rules, may district administrators use the recording in a disciplinary proceeding? If so, are parents of the accused student entitled to review the footage?

    What about parents of other students whose images are captured on the recording? How should schools handle inquiries from media about surveillance footage? Can administrators use surveillance cameras to monitor staff? I outline the overriding legal principles, common traps for the unwary and practical considerations.

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    Legal Principles

    Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government, including public schools, from conducting unreasonable searches or seizures. Courts have generally held, however, that what an individual knowingly exposes in plain view to the public will not trigger Fourth Amendment protection because no search has occurred. Someone who is videotaped in public has n
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