Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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Steve Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
February 22, 2010
PBS show highlights ease of using big brother technology
The case of the Lower Merion school district in Philadelphia spying on students in their homes via school issued laptops has gone viral, with the FBI announcing that it has opened an investigation into the matter.
As we reported Friday, the district faces a class action lawsuit after it allegedly issued laptop computers to 1,800 students across two high schools and then used concealed cameras within the machines to covertly monitor the behaviour of students and their parents.
In addition to charges of invasion of privacy, theft of private information, and unlawful interception, the school district has now become the focus of an FBI probe, as well as an investigation by Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
An FBI spokesman, speaking anonymously, told CNN it was investigating to see if wiretap or computer intrusion laws had been broken.
Students from the school described the schools alleged actions as “disgusting” and “a little scary”.
“How do I trust this school district when they have done something like this?” one parent asked.