Can School Go Through Our Phones?Watch
Then yes, they have the legal power to do so.
Recent events, it had been discovered that when we signed up to join my school, we also signed the right to allow them to search through our phones if they suspected anything sus going on. I just want to know how legal this is.
As much as anything it is to protect vulnerable people. It seems perfectly reasonable. What on earth should someone still at school have on their phone that somehow incriminates them?
I mean even if they don’t “check your phones”, they’ll still have access to do it through the wifi network. Don’t connect to the schools wifi unless using incognito mode - or unless you don’t care about them tracking your IP / history.
I never said they have full access, but they have access to check your searches and things like that
Additionally, no the school does not have access to check your searches and "things like that". If you are connected to school WiFi and Google something, that traffic to Google is encrypted. The school is not going to be breaking HTTPS encrypted traffic. They can make some inferences about what you're doing, for example based on DNS requests, but they don't have the capability to see everything just because you are on their WiFi.
This would also be one of the legitimate use cases for a VPN, where you encrypt all the traffic between you and the VPN endpoint, preventing the school from seeing anything.