Remember the school in Pennsylvania that was sued for using laptop webcams to "spy" on its students? The last I read, a school system IT administrator had invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself in the civil trial, and the techs involved were placed on paid leave after the Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking into the situation.
Privacy advocates were understandably appalled. It appeared that the school system had condoned remote activation of the webcams on laptops issued to students while they were in their homes or otherwise not expecting to be monitored. What's more, they had done so without informing the students and their parents that they could do so.
Since then, the Lower Merion School District has adjusted its policies to ensure that parents and students are aware of the webcam and tracking capabilities before they are issued laptops. And Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported neither the school district nor its employees would face federal criminal charges for the activities leading to the civil lawsuit.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said:
For the government to prosecute a criminal case, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged acted with criminal intent. We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent.