British schools put cameras in bathrooms, lockers
LONDON (AP) - At the King Ecgbert School in Sheffield, teens who go to the loos are never really alone - video cameras are inside all 12 bathrooms.
Citing findings gathered via freedom-of-information requests, privacy activists on Wednesday identified King Ecgbert as one of more than 200 high schools across Britain that have installed surveillance cameras in bathrooms or locker rooms.
The group behind the report, Big Brother Watch, said a powerful watchdog is needed to ensure that students' privacy is protected.
The report "will come as a shock to many parents," said director Nick Pickles. "Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage." Ms Lesley Bowes, King Ecgbert's principal, argued that the cameras help keep her students safe.