George Orwell's 1984 has come to Boston, but Big Brother didn't get quite as far as it might have hoped.
This summer, the School Department installed more than 650 cameras with microphones on every school bus in the city. Many parents were outraged and fought back against the surveillance.
Now the School Department says they won't activate the microphones, just the cameras. Students riding the buses will still be recorded, but only the images. Also, signs will be posted around the bus warning children they are being monitored.
The Boston Globe has more:
“If we decide there is value in audio, we will bring the issue before the School Committee and develop a policy to ensure student privacy,” said Lee McGuire, a School Department spokesman.