This case is getting very interesting.
On the one hand, if the state does nothing and lets the school off, the very large public profile of this case is very likely to generate considerable high profile public outrage at the state, for failing to act. If that happens, the case will act as a high profile milestone to help fuel future protests against future abuses of privacy.
Yet on the other hand, the state has to punish the school. So if they do punish the school, that will also create a high profile milestone to use in future protests against yet more state abuses of privacy. :)
Also, the most likely chess move the state can play is to find a fall guy, like the high school administrator (to attempt to reduce the profile of the case by focusing all blame on one person). In which case they will be able to put him away for years on wiretapping charges. But if they do that, it will still create a high profile milestone showing how even petty control freaks these days can now abuse technology so far if they are allowed to do what they like. So we still get a high profile milestone case. :)
Looks like the state is damned if they do and damned if they don't. So whichever chess move they play, they harm their own future efforts to keep on undermining peoples privacy.
Its about time privacy advocates had a strong weapon to use against the "have got nothing to hide morons" who are the unwitting sheepish front line pawns for the control freaks, who want us all to just accept ever more pervasive surveillance (for their own gain as usual). This case certainly needs to be exploited like it really is a high profile milestone, (and to make it ever more high profile by highlighting the case at every opportunity and by exploiting the power of the Internet to spread news and views about this unfolding case). It needs to be made very high profile so no one is in any doubt now just how far even current technology can be abused, if its setup to allow such abuses of power.
Looks like the control freaks chess moves to retrain us all into accepting ever more pervasive surveillance has just hit a major high profile bump in the road so to speak. :)
With so many examples these days of ever more surveillance and undermining of privacy, I suppose it was only a matter of time before some high profile case came along to highlight just how bad it can get, when even some petty control freak is allowed to have the power to abuse technology for their own gain. Its about time. :)
Pass the popcorn, I can't wait to see how this plays out. :)