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Senate Subcommittee Sets Hearing on School Webcam Case

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

March 22, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs will hold a hearing on Monday, March 29, on a Pennsylvania school district's alleged use of school-issued laptops to spy on students in their homes, Computerworld reports. A spokeswoman for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) has said the goal is to consider whether federal laws have kept up with technological changes such as those allowing school officials to remotely activate webcams in student laptops, as is alleged in the Lower Merion School District case. Meanwhile, some of the district's parents have expressed outrage at a lawsuit by the family of the student involved in the case seeking monetary damages. Six parents have filed a motion in federal court seeking a resolution "that does not involve the class-action lawsuit," the report states.
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