Jul 282010
 
 July 28, 2010  Court, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Derrick Nunnally reports:

The letter from Lower Merion school administrators delivered the news three weeks ago – her son had been secretly monitored by the webcam on his school-issued laptop. But only when Fatima Hasan saw the evidence did the scope of the spying on her son Jalil become apparent.

There were more than 1,000 images surreptitiously captured by the computer – 469 webcam photographs and 543 screen shots. All were evidence in the case against the Lower Merion School District and its now-abandoned electronic monitoring policy.

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According to the suit, Hasan forgot his computer in cooking class on Dec. 18, a Friday. A teacher turned it in to the technology department that day. On Dec. 21, Hasan retrieved his computer from the technology office.

At some point that day, school officials activated the security system. The system kept capturing images for nearly two months and was only deactivated after the first lawsuit was filed.

Read more on Philly.com.

David Kravets also covers the lawsuit on Threat Level.

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