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Family Won’t Seek Damages for Webcam Spying

By The Associated Press — May 18, 2010 1 min read

A lawyer for the family suing a Pennsylvania school district for allegedly spying on students through school laptops says they won’t seek a class-action damage award.

Lawyer Mark Haltzman said Lower Merion school district student Blake Robbins only plans to seek class status for a court injunction that lays out fixes to the problem.

Hundreds of Lower Merion parents oppose a class action for financial and other reasons.

The suburban Philadelphia district acknowledges it captured 56,000 screen shots and webcam images in an effort to locate school-issued laptops. The district has abandoned the practice and is working to share the images in private with affected students.

Mr. Robbins says the district photographed him as he slept in bed.

A version of this article appeared in the May 19, 2010 edition of Education Week as Family Won’t Seek Damages for Webcam Spying

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