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Sunday 24 September 2017

School pays out $610,000 after spying on its pupils

Jon Swaine in New York

A school authority has agreed to pay out $610,000 (€440,000) after admitting it spied on pupils in their homes through the cameras on their laptop computers.

About 56,000 pictures of more than 40 pupils were taken by a remote tracking system controlled by officials from the Lower Merion School District in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The pictures, which included at least one of a pupil asleep, were taken in an attempt to locate missing Apple laptops.

The tracking system, which allowed officials to look out from the webcams, was sometimes left on for months after the computers were located, an official inquiry found.

Blake Robbins, a pupil of Harriton High School who was then 15, was given $175,000 (€126,000), which is to be placed in a trust.

He discovered, through evidence unearthed when he sued the school authority in February, that he was pictured 400 times in two weeks. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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