The Simcoe County District School Board is warning students and parents of a possible privacy breach after discovering surveillance cameras were secretly installed in some of the music classrooms at Collingwood Collegiate Institute.
The discovery was made late last year and the board has been investigating the matter with Collingwood OPP and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC).
All of the monitoring equipment was removed by school board staff after being discovered and is now secured at the board office.
An internal investigation determined the surveillance cameras were installed approximately five years ago by two staff members to address issues of alleged instrument theft. The school’s administration was unaware that the equipment was installed or in place during the five year period, the board said.
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