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Judge: FBI Can Review School's Webcam Photos

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

May 11, 2010

U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois has ruled that federal agents may examine Webcam photos and other information collected from student laptops by the Lower Merion School District, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The FBI wants to review the images to see whether any laws were broken when the school district employed its tracking system to capture about 50,000 images from laptops that had been returned to students, the report states. DuBois has said that "the government shall do all that is reasonable to protect the privacy interests of students and family members whose images and/or communications were captured in photographs and screen shots."
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