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Judge bans webcam spying on Philly students
(AP) – May 15 2010

PHILADELPHIA — A judge has permanently banned a suburban Philadelphia
school district from secretly monitoring students with webcams on
their school-issued laptops.

U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois' ruling Friday was similar to a
temporary injunction the judge imposed in February after a student
sued the district over privacy concerns. The Lower Merion School
District acknowledged capturing 56,000 screen shots and webcam images
so it could locate missing laptops.

The new ruling says Lower Merion can use other kinds of technology to
find laptops but only if parents and students agree to it. The order
requires school officials to arrange for the nearly 40 high school
students who were unknowingly photographed to see the images, as well
as their parents.