Follow-up to PA ‘school spying’ story

By Anne Collier

The Philadelphia-area school district that was sued for capturing thousands of photos of students in their homes has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle lawsuits filed by two students’ families, according to a report in the Washington Post. The photos were captured by the Webcams in school laptops that went home with students in two of the district’s high schools. In the cases, the district had argued that the photos were captured when software designed to track lost or stolen laptops was inadvertently left on, sometimes for months. “The FBI investigated whether the district broke any criminal wiretap laws, but prosecutors declined to bring any charges,” the Post reported, adding that the district isn’t using the laptop tracking software anymore. For more on this, see “Did school spy on student? FBI investigating” and “The school district that logged 13,000 photos of students’ homes.”

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