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School Equipment Spied on Pupils 2010-04-20

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest.
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A suburban Philadelphia school district says it secretly captured 56 000 webcam photographs and screen shots from laptops issued to high school students.

Lower Merion School District lawyer Henry Hockeimer (HOK’-eye-mer) says an internal investigation shows students likely were photographed inside their homes. He says none of the images appears inappropriate.

A tracking program took images every 15 minutes to find missing computers. Mr. Hockeimer says the program sometimes was turned on for months.

  • Sophomore Mr. Blake Robbins is suing the district. He alleges wiretap and privacy violations. He says the district took pictures of him sleeping in bed and half-dressed.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Monday on the number of images recovered.

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