The suit also charged that the school violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Computer Fraud Abuse Act, and the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, after investigating the incident, prosecutors declined to bring charges.
The school, which captured at least 56,000 images through the Webcams, claimed that it used them to locate laptops that had been stolen. However, for about 40 students, the Webcams kept taking photos, some as frequently as every 15 minutes. The school has suspended the tracking program.
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CORRECTION: The original post stated that the Lower Merion School District agreed to pay $160,000 to settle the lawsuit. The correct total is $610,000.