lower merion school district

David Gelles

Back in February we reported on a truly unsavoury story of compromised privacy in the digital age. School administrators outside Philadelphia had issued new laptops to 1,800 students, then used the webcams to remotely spy on the students.

A student sued and weeks later, when a separate criminal investigation was announced, we said that “The Lower Merion School District is not going to get off with just a slap on the wrist.”

Turns out Federal prosecutors had a different opinion. This morning they announced that no charges will be brought against the school district or its employees, according to the Associated PressRead more

David Gelles

The Lower Merion School District is not going to get off with just a slap on the wrist.

Last week it was revealed that the suburban Philadelphia school district had installed security software that allowed it to activate the webcams on laptops distributed to 2,300 students, no matter if they were in class or at home.

The programme was made public when a 15-year-old student and his parents filed a class action lawsuit against the district, accusing it of violating multiple state and federal laws, and the Fourth Amendment.

Now district officials are facing inquiries from local prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read more