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School District To Pay $610,000

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

October 12, 2010

The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits filed over its use of a laptop tracking system, The Washington Post reports. The district issues laptops to all of its 2,300 high school students. Earlier this year, school officials admitted that Web cams on some of the computers had been left activated. An investigation revealed that the cameras captured about 56,000 images over a two-year period. A student who was photographed 400 times in a two-week period will receive $175,000 under the settlement. Another student will receive $10,000. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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