From Cornell Law Schools website on the Fourth Amendment: http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment.
The law treats staff and faculty members of public educational insitutions as agents of the government. Therefore, the Fourth Amendment applies to public school employees, but a less stringent standard prevails. In the context of public school searches, employees may perform a search on the condition that they have reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion requires a rationale basis upon which to believe that a student possesses contraband or has committed a crime. Hunches, rumors, or guesses do not constitute reasonable suspicion.
Since one of the tenants of 1:1 is more parental involvement and if the parent believed they had an expectation of privacy on the account, this could present a slippery slope. The argument could be made that it is like an apartment. I may own the apartment but if I rent it for a length of time to a tenant, the tenant has a reasonable expectation of privacy for the duration of the lease. I think I would consult administration and possibly a lawyer since possession of a movie may not be considered contraband or evidence of a crime by a court, if it comes to that.
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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Raymond Ballou
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:41 PM
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Subject: Re: Another AUP issue
its a school machine, why WOULDNT the school have the right to search it?
just like lockers and even cars on premises if something is in plain sight.
Is the parent concerned that
-the school violated netflix's AUP?
-the school invaded the student's privacy?
-that the student got in trouble.
what led the employee to check on netflix?
Do you know if school personnel have the legal right to access an unprotected parent/student personal account on a 1-1 school device, no matter what an AUP states about inappropriate use?