No Criminal Charges Against PA School District Over Laptop Spying

After a long investigation into a Pennsylvania school district over the use of software to remotely monitor students on disctrict-purchased laptop, federal investigators have found no criminal intent by Lower Merion School District employees. The issue arose when students became aware that the district-issue laptop could be activated to take pictures using the built-in webcams, spurring privacy concerns. Another issue is that students and their families were unaware that they were remotely tracked, and that some students had left the computers inside their rooms while changing.

The district has since acknowledged that 56,000 photos were taken with these laptops. Although the criminal investigation has concluded, the district is still involved in an on-going civil suit brought forth a student and his family. [via Yahoo news/AP]

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