The use of monitoring software in public spaces such as office workrooms, or school spaces will require the consent of the people present in those spaces. Privacy rights of all people are to be protected. In this context, this essay will discuss scenario 3, which is the issue of the usage of Webcams in School Laptops. A part of my responsibilities as an IT manager will be overseeing the installation of software packages for large orders. A recent order of laptops for a local school district requires webcam software to be loaded. This software has the capabilities of remote activation which means that one who had access privileges might be able to turn on the laptop webcam remotely. All software access privileges will be controlled by the school system administration. The school wants the webcam with software to be installed in order to track laptops if they were stolen and also wants this remote capability in order to monitor children when they are taking a test online. This will be a form of verification tool.
The people that are affected by this implementation are diverse. Primarily it is the people that will use the laptops, such as the school children, the teachers in the school and the other employees. Other stakeholders involved are the parents and surroundings of the children where the child might use the laptop as there could be security and privacy risks for them. In addition it is also the Technology procurement and implementation group that will be at risk. We could lose our reputation. The school administration will be directly affected by this risk. The school administration may at present believe that they will be benefitted, because they want to ensure that if a laptop gets stolen they will be able to identify who took it, and also will be able to check up on the students that take the test. Although the school believes that it benefits, there are legal and ethical implications here. Primarily it will not be necessary for the school to have this webcam installation in order to find out who stole their laptop, at present there are small chips that can be installed in order to track the laptop if necessary.