In a case that has set the blogosphere abuzz, a federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia alleges that 1,800 students were given laptop computers equipped with webcams, which -- unbeknownst to the students or their parents -- could be activated at any time by school officials to spy on the students and their families in their homes. The suit claims that word of the alleged surveillance got out after a school official confronted a student, now the lead plaintiff, with a webcam photo in which he displayed "improper behavior."
School District Accused of Spying on Students via Home Webcams
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2010