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FBI probes Pennsylvania school for allegedly spying on students via notebook webcams

FBI investigates possible wire tap violations

By: Shane McGlaun from Feb 22, 2010 @ 12:05 CST

I would love to see more technology used in classrooms around the US. I can tell you that my son really likes learning more when he gets to use the few notebooks available to his class. A school that gives an Apple laptop to every student at the two high schools in the district sounds good at first glance.


The Lower Merion school district is under fire though for allegedly using the webcams on the Apple notebooks it issued students to spy on the students in their homes. One student was allegedly told by a school vice principal that he was engaging in inappropriate behavior in his home. The school administrator allegedly cited a photo stored on the laptop as proof.

The FBI has announced that it is probing the allegations to see if the school may have broken any federal laws. The school claims that the remote webcam activation is a security system designed to help it find stolen laptops.


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