FBI Gets Involved With Webcam Spying Case

Posted: Feb 22 2010, 10:41am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:39pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Last week we reported on a story that has since swept the nation. The Lower Merion School District, a ridiculously wealthy district that gives out Apple laptops to all of their students, got in trouble for spying on students through embedded webcams. The school immediately removed the spy-technology when exposed, and stated that the 'security measures' were only there to locate missing laptops.

That may very well be the truth, but that hasn't stopped this thing from blowing up in a very big way. Now the Washington Post reports that the FBI is investigating the district. If they find out there has been a violation of any federal laws, you can bet there will be hell to pay.

Even if the district had only the most innocent intentions with this, I can't imagine the IT guys who thought this sounded like a good idea. The potential for abuse (and, thus, the potential for a lawsuit) caused by the mere existence of this 'security measure' is enormous. On the plus side, this does make the iPad's lack of a webcam seem like sort of a plus.

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