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Pa. District Accused of Spying On Students With Webcams

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A federal lawsuit accuses the Lower Merion, Pa., school district of spying on students at home through school-issued laptop webcams.

The lawsuit says district officials can activate the webcams remotely without students’ knowledge.

It alleges the cameras captured images of Harriton High School students and their families as they undressed and in other situations.

Families learned of the alleged webcam images when an assistant principal spoke to a student about inappropriate behavior at home. Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley said the district was monitoring the webcams as a security move.

Vol. 29, Issue 22, Page 5

Published in Print: February 24, 2010, as Pa. District Accused of Spying On Students With Webcams
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