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Pa. District Settles Lawsuit Over Webcam Surveillance

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

A suburban Philadelphia school district agreed last week to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptop computers.

The Lower Merion district acknowledges that it captured thousands of webcam photos and screen shots from student laptops in an effort to locate missing computers. One of the students who sued had been photographed 400 times in a two-week period, according to his lawyer.

The FBI investigated whether the district broke any criminal wiretap laws, but prosecutors declined to bring charges.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 20, 2010 edition of Education Week as Pa. District Settles Lawsuit Over Webcam Surveillance

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