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Police drone program ditched due to privacy concerns

The drones would detect high heart and respiratory rates and high temperatures in addition to voice commands to remind the public of social distancing.

Giselle Oldani '22, Web News Editor

May 18, 2020

Westport’s Flatten the Curve Pilot drone program recently shut down due to privacy concerns and backlash from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Connecticut.  Through drone company, Draganfly, claimed these drones would not use facial recognition or be used in residents’ private yards...

TikTok faces privacy troubles leading to investigation

Luca Lombardo ’22, as well as many other Staples students, are avid users of TikTok and use the app for up to hours at a time. The app has become well-known as a huge source of procrastination for students.

Betti Kobak '22, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The trending social media app TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, will be under investigation on an undecided date by the U.S government due to allegations of spying on U.S. citizens. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has contacted ByteDance and articulated the matter at ...

It’s time to delete Facebook

It’s time to delete Facebook

Serena Ye '20

April 10, 2018

In eighth grade, I remember hearing all of my teachers say that I probably should get a Facebook for high school. You know, for all of the clubs and events, and just to stay in the loop. But what no one told me was that I could be one of the 50 million people whose private information was stolen by Facebook . At the heart of the Facebook controversy is Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who provided details about the scandal to the New York Times and Guardian. Cambridge An...

Students face Facebook in data breach

Students face Facebook in data breach

April 8, 2018

In the recent weeks, Facebook Inc. lost nearly $60 billion in market capitalization, according to Yahoo Finance, due to the breach of about 50 million users. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is being summoned to Washington D.C. to explain how Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that helped Donald Trum...

Being cautious is not paranoid

Being cautious is not paranoid

May 9, 2017

Arin Garland ’18 If you take the time to look closely at people’s laptops around school, you’ll begin to notice a trend; ripped up sticky notes and pieces of tape covering the camera lenses on student’s devices. But why would anyone do such a thing? What is its purpose, and why have so ma...

Apple battles Feds over San Bernardino investigation demands

Apple battles Feds over San Bernardino investigation demands

Justin Schwebel, Staff Writer

February 29, 2016

Apple, the California-based tech giant, is in a standoff with the FBI over the agency’s demand for Apple to unlock San Bernadino shooter, Syed Rizwan’s, iPhone.   The FBI believes the shooter’s iPhone 5C is a critical piece of evidence in the investigation, but has not been able to gain access to the device because it is locked with a passcode.   The F...

USA Freedom Act re-defines privacy argument

USA Freedom Act re-defines privacy argument

Kit Epstein, Opinions Editor

June 8, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, the United States Senate passed the USA Freedom Act with a majority of 67 to 32, after Section 215 and Section 206 of the USA Patriot Act expired on May 31st. According to Mark Jaycox on, The USA Freedom act ends “bulk collection of phone records under Section 215” and “makes significant impro...

College posts catapult senior stress levels

College posts catapult senior stress levels

Rachel Treisman, Web Features Editor

November 20, 2014

Disclaimer: I am a high school senior who would very much like to go to college and is happy for her peers who have already been accepted. So this is a totally judgment-free zone. That being said, Facebook these days is not for the faint of heart. Anyone who is friends (literally or virtually)...

Smart phone apps’ security questioned

Talia Hendel, Sports News Editor

September 21, 2014

The messaging feature will no longer be an option on the Facebook app, but will instead only be available as a separate app called Facebook Messenger. While this stand-alone app has existed in the past, Facebook is now forcing users to download it if they want to be able to contact their Facebook friends...

Students react to Snapchat leak

Students react to Snapchat leak

Greta Bjornson, Features Editor

January 16, 2014

It isn’t uncommon to walk around the halls of Staples and see students making goofy faces into the cameras of their phones. Chances are, they’re sending a photo to a friend on the popular app Snapchat, a popular photo sharing app for smartphones. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, an anonymous hacking group ...

Sexts From Last Night: When Cell Phones and Teenage Hormones Mix

Cell phones are just one way that Staples students partake in sending explicit messages to peers. | Photo courtesy of SXC

February 24, 2010

Becca Bobrow '11 & Farrel Levenson '11 Opinions Editors *Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the students.  Vanessa Hudgens has done it. Tiger Woods has done it. And Staples students have done it. In a society influenced by the media and dominated by technology, instead of interacting in person, teenagers are sending explicit photographs and me...

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