FBI, Federal Grand Jury Investigating School Webcam Spying

Lora Bentley

Like I said, I have privacy on the brain this Friday afternoon.


The latest developments in the Pennsylvania school webcam spying case are quite interesting. We noted earlier that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the situation, but Ars Technica also reported this week that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed the school's records of the "security measures" that allowed officials to activate laptop webcams remotely.


School officials have said that they only remotely activated the webcam to locate missing laptops, and the Ars piece indicates that students, at least, were aware they could be activated remotely. The problem began with the district's failure to inform parents of that particular security measure, school district spokesman Doug Young indicated.


In the class-action lawsuit in progress over the incident, plaintiff Blake Robbins has filed an emergency petition asking the court to prohibit the school district from removing data from the laptops. According to an Associated Press piece at Yahoo News, the court is scheduled to decide the issue Monday.

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