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School Allegedly Spied On Kids In Their Homes

Web cams in laptops provided a school district with compromising photos of minors in
their homes, a lawsuit claims.

By Thomas Claburn
February 18, 2010 03:35 PM

A Pennsylvania family last week filed a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District
for spying on their child at home using a Web cam in a school-issued laptop.

The lawsuit, brought by Michael E. Robbins and Holly S. Robbins on behalf of their
minor son Blake Robbins, alleges that the school district invaded their privacy and
stolen private information in violation of various computer fraud and privacy laws.

The complaint claims that Lindy Matsko, assistant principal of Harriton High School,
informed the Robbins' son that the School District believed he "was engaged in
improper behavior in his home, and cited as evidence a photograph from the Web cam
embedded in [his] personal laptop issued by the School District."

The complaint further states that Michael Robbins subsequently verified that the
School District had the ability to remotely capture images using the Web cam at any
time, without the knowledge or consent of the user.

"As the laptops at issue were routinely used by students and family members while at
home, it is believed and therefore averred that many of the images captured and
intercepted may consist of images of minors and their parents or friends in
compromising or embarrassing positions, including, but not limited to, various stages or
dress or undress," the complaint says...
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