Friday, June 10, 2011

New School Webcam Privacy Lawsuit Filed

From eSecurity Planet:
A new lawsuit has been filed against Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District over webcam photos secretly taken of students by school administrators, following the settling of two previous lawsuits last fall.

'The latest accusations, which were said to occur during a six-month period ending September 2008, [have] left the high school student 'shocked, humiliated and severely emotionally distressed,' according to a federal invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages,' writes Wired's David Kravets.

'As part of an FBI investigation and a lawsuit brought by a different student, a judge had contacted the boy’s parents informing him of the breach, and invited them to view the pictures,' Kravets writes. 'The youth’s parents were shown 4,404 webcam photographs and 3,978 screenshots captured with the Lower Merion School District–issued MacBook. The amount of photos represents the largest publicly known number of images secretly recorded in the webcam scandal.'

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