Even this "permission" is fraught with difficulty, since other kids who are not related to the parents may well be monitored.
This epidemic of webcam and smartphone camera monitoring and spying affects everyone.
Photos of the students included snaps of them at home, in bed, sometimes partially clothed.
In one case the school claimed a student was popping pills: in fact he was eating candy.
But when it is used as a political tool to harass or blackmail people, the consequences are different and corrosive. But the NSA and GCHQ aren't the only entities spying on webcams.
Part of the problem stems from the fact that it is legal to sell spy software.
It's just illegal to use it without permission outside the workplace, unless it is used by parents to spy on their minor children.
Many have either claimed or speculated that one way the NSA and other U. spy agencies got around the prohibition of spying on Americans was to let a third party do it for them. News reports, based on the leaks of NSA information by Edward Snowden, say that GCHQ stored millions of images gleaned from its webcam surveillance.
According to the New York Times, the Australian Signals Directorate tapped a U. law firm representing Indonesian interests and offered their intercepts to the NSA. These images can be retrieved in various ways, including the use of advanced face recognition systems, so seemingly unrelated video chats from different computers and with different names or web addresses, can be linked together.