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    Personal itunes accounts on staff laptops

    So when having a bit of a look at some of the staff provided laptops, 70% seem to have installed their own itunes accounts with their own music.
    We have always been fairly relaxed until now on restricting laptops through group policy.
    However, now I getting teachers coming to me saying they Ďneedí a new laptop as theirs is slow. Then I find their itunes folder on the desktop at 108gb.
    I now need to apply more formal guidelines and ensure they are implemented. Because they have obviously been able to do what they like up till now, Iím going to get some grief when I start uninstalling stuff. Anyone got any links to legal info or policies that I can quote about having private accounts/files etc on a school laptop?
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    not really legal information, but as the laptop is not theirs but the schools, you can uninstall what you want on there as it is not their laptop.

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    Schools do not have a clue. I have been trying to safe guard the school from copyright issues, mp3s in student home folders which are not linked to coursework. Staff showing dvd rips from torrent sites of anything from the new lego film to the Natural world etc and its like banging a head against the wall. No-one listens, its all interpreted as interfering with teaching and learning.

    Now I have written confirmation that im absolved from checking and being responsible for copyright issues.

    Yea, like thats going to fix it. Head in sand the lot of them.

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    id be more worried about the amount of utter @*&$ it puts in appdata esp if tehy ever back up iphones/ipads as i dont redirect appdata as certain programs dont like it but this means logons can be painflly slow if someone has itunes

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    Yes it was the slow login time that prompted the user to come to me. I have also just found a bunch of ripped music from someones cd collection on the staff network drive!
    Just had a brief chat with a teacher about it, just said "well I need it", turned his back and walked away! Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galway View Post
    Staff showing dvd rips from torrent sites of anything from the new lego film to the Natural world etc
    I've seen the "head of cluster" school cheerfully hand out rips of the-film-of-the-book the kids are studying in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by ictrich View Post
    Just had a brief chat with a teacher about it, just said "well I need it", turned his back and walked away! Nice.
    How rude! I hope he's on the bottom of your order of response list!

    The "it's for the kids" excuse does seem to trump any legal objections IME.

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    Email your LM, CC the Head and Deputy Heads.

    I am very sure there is "Personal usage only" on the terms and conditions or the "Installed on your own device". May want to confirm but I am sure it was one of those two a while back when I last checked. The devices must be owned by the School including the music.

    Once checked you can add the "This is illegal" in the email. The question of "Need" will not matter to these companies and because your the system administrator it will fall on your head unless over ruled.

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