The Associated Press reported recently that the FBI is investigating a Pennsylvania school district accused of “secretly activating webcams inside students' homes.” The FBI will explore whether Lower Merion School District officials broke any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws by activating the webcams in laptops that the school owns and distributes to students.
School officials acknowledged that they remotely activated webcams 42 times in the past 14 months, but only to find missing student laptops, says AP. They insist they never did so to spy on students, as one student's family claims in a federal lawsuit. Families were not informed of the possibility the webcams might be activated in their homes without their permission in the paperwork students sign when they get the computers.
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