Federal judge orders Pa. schools to stop laptop spying
Feb 24, 2010, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A federal judge yesterday ordered the Pennsylvania school
district accused of spying on its students to stop activating the
cameras in school-issued MacBook laptops.
"Earlier in the day, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
had asked the same court to let the organization file an amicus
curiae, or "friend of the court," brief in support of the
16-year-old high school student's demand that his school be barred
from turning on the cameras.
"Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Jan DuBois issued a
consent order that prevents Lower Merion School District of
Ardmore, Pa., from "remotely activating any and all web cams
embedded in lap top [sic] computers issued to students ... or from
remotely taking screenshots of such computers."