I would say that this is law that is still somewhat in its infancy. I tried to find some articles about it and this is the best one that I've seen so far. It's from Utah Valley University. There are a lot of ifs here and most of them surround the expectation of privacy. There would also be a question of how the video was used. I can think of a whole number of issues that could give rise to legal action. The teacher needs to address her concerns with the administration. It may be time to adopt policies. I don't like reactionary legislation/policy making, but technology is bringing such changes so rapidly that I'm sure we'll see more and more policies/laws enacted.
Mamie Anthoine Ney
Southern Maine Library District
Portland Public Library, 3rd Flr.
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
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This has probably happened in many schools (including my own) so I am very interested in the responses. In another scenario, a student videotapes a teacher without her knowledge and goes to the administration with it, not Facebook. Is that legal?
> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:33:02 +0000
> From: Trish Brasslow <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: video taping question for schools
> I find, at times, that certain aspects of the world wide web are like
> the wild west in that it is uncharted territory. With that said, I
> have a question. A student videotapes a teacher and uploads it to
> Facebook. The teacher didn't know she was being taped until a student told her about it.
> Is it legal to place the video on FB without the teacher knowing?
> Has your school ever dealt with this and if so what were the consequences?
> Thanks in advance for your responses.
> Trish Brasslow
> Library Media Specialist
> Westbrook Middle School
> 471 Stroudwater St.
> Westbrook, ME 04071
> 207.854.0830 X3021
> "What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels
> about education." ¯ Harold Howe.