February 22nd, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Student says school webcam spied on him at home

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/CRIME/02/19/laptop.suit/story.school.sign.courtesy.jpg caption="Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which faces a federal lawsuit, is proud of its laptop program, a rep says." width=300 height=169]

Nicole Bliman

Pennsylvania parents are suing their son's school, alleging it watched him through his laptop's webcam while he was at home and unaware he was being observed.

Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley are suing the Lower Merion School District, its board of directors and the superintendent. The parents allege the district unlawfully used its ability to access a webcam remotely on their son's district-issued laptop computer.

The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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  1. Samantha

    Why does the school need laptops with camera's anyway? The thought that the school district could turn the camera on and off from any point, at any time, for any reason is a) a great invasion of privacy b) overstepping the school's boundaries c) really disgusting!

    February 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm |