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The Spying School District?

The story of the Lower Merion School District, accused of spying on its students via webcam, is getting more unsavory. Background from Engadget : An assistant principal called in a student to chide him for “acting improperly” in his home. How did she know what he was doing? The webcam on his school-issued MacBook was taking pictures of him. The student and his parents sued. The superintendent of the district, in an affluent suburb outside of Philadelphia, said that there was a tracking-security feature on the computers, but that it “has only been used for the limited purpose of locating a lost, stolen or missing laptop.” Um, maybe not. Engadget looks at the court docs and reports that more than 400 images were retrieved of a single sophomore and that there are thousands more of other students.” In an alleged e-mail exchange between two IT employees, one called the pictures “a little LMSD soap opera,” and the other answered, “I know, I love it!” Adults getting their kicks from spying on kids at home, via surveillance technology? Gross.