Second Lawsuit Over School Webcams Involves Student Who Was Photographed 469 Times Over 2 Months
from the what-happened-to-42-times? dept
Remember the school district in suburban Philadelphia involved in a lawsuit over secretly taking webcam images of students? The school initially denied things, and later said that it had only used the feature 42 times to help find lost or stolen laptops. However, a law firm brought on by the school to investigate its use of the LanRev system found 58,000 images were taken. That’s led some other students to realize that they might have a beef with the Lower Merion School district as well. A second student has now filed a lawsuit against the school after discovering that the school took 469 secret photographs from his webcam over the course of two months.
What happened was that the student lost his laptop on December 18th. The laptop was found by a teacher and returned to the student on the 21st… but also on the 21st, the school’s IT folks turned on LanRev’s “TheftTrak” service. Even though the laptop had been returned to the student, the LanRev system was never turned off. It took 469 secret images and captured 543 secret screenshots. It wasn’t turned off until that first lawsuit was filed, and someone in the IT department realized there might be an issue there…
What’s really scary? If a school administrator hadn’t revealed the whole system to the first student by showing him a photo of him at home, this would still be going on and none of the students would know about it. The only reason this lawsuit is being filed is because of the information that came out during the investigation into the first incident.