Saturday, October 16, 2010

High School Caught Spying on Kids With School Issued Laptop Settles For $1.2M+ of Fees And Costs

After being caught they did avoid charges but could not avoid being sued. The school has since stopped using the technology.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/School-District-Settles-Webcam-Spying-Litigation-802291

"A Pennsylvania school district has agreed to a $610,000 settlement in a controversial legal battle over its use of Webcam technology on school-issued laptops.
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The settlement calls for $175,000 to be placed in a trust for Robbins, while a second student who sued, Jalil Hassan, will get $10,000. In addition, the students' attorney, Mark Haltzman, will get $425,000 in legal fees—bringing the district's tab to $610,000.
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"A major impetus behind settling this matter now is the recent agreement by our insurance carrier, Graphic Arts, to cover more than $1.2M of the fees and costs associated with this litigation to date," Lower Merion School Board President David Ebby said in a statement.
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