Media: Flawed Journalism On Laptop Spying Story
Details emerging since Friday suggest that the media jumped on the juicy cyber-spying story without bothering to get the full story (ie, the available facts, context). I thought reporting was what differentiated journalists from bloggers, but maybe these days journalists are just overpaid bloggers.
Things we now know: The spyware was intended only to be used in cases of theft rather than as some sort of ongoing monitoring program and was only used in "a handful" of cases by two authorized IT officials, according to the district. The district says it recovered about half of 42 computers reported lost or stolen using the software over a 14 month period. It's also defending the AP who's accusing of misusing the program (here).
Blake Robbin the kid whose parents filed the lawsuit was apparently accused of selling drugs and photographed doing what he described as eating candles (here). His parents say his computer was never reported lost. Legal filing here (PDF). Family lawyers are now suggesting that the district will "wipe" computers. The local paper seems amazed that a well-regarded district could be turned into a punch line overnight.