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. 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.

  2. 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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