Can schools look at your past facetime calls?

Anonymous700

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 17, 2019
1
0
Earth
I heard from somewhere that your calls are recorded on school laptops and schools can go back and watch them. I personally don't believe this is true but I want confirmation. Is this true?
 

mripadmini

macrumors regular
Aug 24, 2013
229
30
Maryland , USA
The audio/video contents of FaceTime calls are protected by end-to-end encryption, so no one but the sender and receiver can access them.

Your school would have to actively engage in a network attack, which seems highly unlikely to me (and probably violates federal laws, depending on where you're from).

That being said, since the devices are school issued, they might've been able to record your calls in other ways:

  • By hijacking your microphone / webcam;

  • By replacing FaceTime with a malicious imposter application;

  • By intercepting traffic before it leaves the device.

source: https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/176021/if-i-use-facetime-on-my-school-computer-can-they-track-what-i-have-said
 
  • Like
Reactions: Anonymous700

willmtaylor

macrumors G4
Oct 31, 2009
10,257
7,799
Here(-ish)
I heard from somewhere that your calls are recorded on school laptops and schools can go back and watch them. I personally don't believe this is true but I want confirmation. Is this true?
...so you’re using a school laptop to make FaceTime calls of a personal nature. Are you asking if the calls themselves are recorded or are you asking about the call log?
 

SDColorado

Contributor
Nov 6, 2011
4,274
4,221
Highlands Ranch, CO
I am not sure which country you live in since your profile only says "earth." So I would check your local laws, but I would say it is not true if in the USA. I believe Federal Law 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(d) would require the consent of at least one of the two parties of the Facetime call to have given consent to be recorded. So I think hijacking or deceptive practices such as replacing facetime with an imposter app in order to record would be problematic for the school.
 
Last edited: