Family: Pa. school snared 1,000s of webcam images

Apr 16, 2010 By MARYCLAIRE DALE , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- A meeting is set Friday between lawyers for a Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students through laptop webcams and lawyers for several families involved in a related lawsuit.

Student Blake Robbins says Lower Merion District officials secretly activated the webcams and captured him sleeping in bed and partly undressed. They say the school also took screen shots of instant messages he exchanged with friends.

And his lawyer says they have evidence the school captured thousands of screenshots and webcam images, many taken inside students' homes.

The district admits it made mistakes in activating the webcams to locate missing laptops. But officials insist they have no evidence employees used the improperly.

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LuckyBrandon
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 16, 2010
It doesn't matter if they used the software inappropriately. That has nothing to do with anything in fact...
The fact is, turning on webcams in that fashion IS a violation of privacy, as is taking screen shots of their conversations. If you aren't a parent, spouse, sibling, or other immediate family member, you have no right.
This is right up there with being as stupid as not teaching science in some schools...its probably the same schools, so the kids cant figure out how to stop them from doing it.
Anyone affected by this ping me and I'l ltell you how to disable the cam so they can't do it anymore....hell I'll tell ya how to elevate your permissions to get rid of screenshot apps too, and block them from forcing apps...