A federal class action claims a suburban school district has been spying on students and families through the “indiscriminant use of and ability to remotely activate the webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students,” without the knowledge or consent of students or parents. The named plaintiffs say they learned that Big Brother was in their home when an assistant principal told their son that the school district knew he “was engaged in improper behavior in his home, and cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam embedded in minor plaintiff’s personal laptop issued by the school district.”

The families say the Lower Merion School District issued Webcam-equipped personal laptop computers to each of its approximately 1,800 high school students: in Harriton High School in Rosemont, and Lower Merion High School in Ardmore.
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“Additionally, by virtue of the fact that the webcam can be remotely activated at any time by the school district, the webcam will capture anything happening in the room in which the laptop computer is located, regardless of whether the student is sitting at the computer and using it.




  1. Howard B says:

    so they can surf over to dvorak.org/blog and post disinformation

  2. haymoose says:

    So what? The teachers and faculty can always get a job with the TSA. This seems right up thier alley.

  3. Orange says:

    So screwed? At least I’m still eliminating suspects. It makes life easier. The rat race will start again soon enough.

  4. f. garza says:

    Their going to be suprised by how boring these kids are going to be.

  5. Mr. Fusion says:

    Insurance should cover the bill.

    If the school administration isn’t fired, look for the School Board to be out of a job next election.

    I would think this is criminal trespass. Just the fact that one incident has been logged should be enough to demonstrate knowledge and intent.

    Jail time might just make someone else think twice next time.

  6. really?? says:

    Pedro (#17),

    My IQ is so high, I take shits that are smarter than you.

  7. pedro says:

    #26 Who told you that having the double digit IQ you have qualifies as smart?

    What you do qualify for is for the title of moran.

  8. Me-Mongo says:

    They should boot the laptops into Ubuntu or something like that.

  9. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    The school officials should have to register as sex offenders.

  10. OvenMaster says:

    “The named plaintiffs say they learned that Big Brother was in their home when an assistant principal told their son that the school district knew he “was engaged in improper behavior in his home…”

    Whoa, wait a second here! The school district gets to determine what “improper behavior” in a student’s home is?!

  11. deowll says:

    If you took the thing knowing what it could do that is one thing. If you took the thing not knowing what it could do then these people don’t have a leg to stand on and they will be hung out to dry.

  12. Zargy says:

    #30″Whoa, wait a second here! The school district gets to determine what “improper behavior” in a student’s home is?!”

    Exactly my thought. These perverts and pedophiles should be locked in jail just for that.

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