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More Details Released in School Laptop Case

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

April 21, 2010

Investigators have revealed that employees in Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District activated Web cameras on school-issued laptops about 80 times in the past two years, capturing nearly 56,000 images and giving them a glimpse into high school students' at-home worlds and computing activities, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Most of the activations were the result of missing laptop reports, but in five instances the tracking software was not turned off after the laptops were located, the report states. The district's practices in this area have been under scrutiny and prompted an FBI investigation, a civil rights lawsuit and the introduction of the Surreptitious Video Surveillance Act.

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