Boston schools backtrack on recording audio on buses

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a new school year begins Thursday, Boston school officials have decided they will only record images — and not voices and other sounds — when they turn on more than 650 surveillance cameras installed on all school buses.

Initially, school officials had planned to activate the microphones.But now, after some parents and civil liberties advocates raised concerns about potentially violating students’ right to privacy, the School Department is informing parents on its website that the audio recorders on the cameras won’t be activated.

“If we decide there is value in audio, we will bring the issue before the School Committee and develop a policy to ensure student privacy,” said Lee McGuire, a School Department spokesman.

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