ERIC Number: EJ969969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Legal Implications of Surveillance Cameras
Steketee, Amy M.
District Administration, v48 n2 p55-56 Feb 2012
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. In this article, the author outlines the overriding legal principles, common traps for the unwary and practical considerations.
Descriptors: School Security, School Districts, School Administration, Central Office Administrators, Video Technology, Photography, Confidential Records, Access to Information, Drug Use Testing, Legal Responsibility
Professional Media Group, LLC. 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Tel: 203-663-0100; Fax: 203-663-0149; Web site: http://www.districtadministration.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Fourth Amendment