School purportedly spies on own students via laptop webcams

Feb 19, 2010
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High school students in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District for spying on them using webcams issued to students, without prior awareness or consent.  The strange thing?  School admins tracked students’ activities at their own homes.

The situation was initially discovered when a student was informed that he had “engaged in improper behavior in his home”.  The Vice Principal of the school even had a photo as proof, taken with the laptop webcam (generously issued by the school itself).

The school district’s superintendent has issued an official response to “invasion of privacy allegation”, and claims that “The security feature was installed to help locate a laptop in the event it was reported lost, missing or stolen so that the laptop could be returned to the student”.  Furthermore, “The District has not used the tracking feature or web cam for any other purpose or in any other manner whatsoever.”  What’re they going to do about the whole fiasco?  Apparently, they’ve resorted to "reviewing the matter" for right now.


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