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School District Settles WebcamGate

NBC Philadelphia [1]
Ocr 12, 2010

Lower Merion School District has settled the webcam case that made national headlines after students accused school officials of spying [2] by using the webcam installed on school-issued laptops. 

The School District Board approved a $610,000 settlement Monday night. 

Board President David Ebby explained on the district website [3] why they settled: 

We believe this settlement enables us to move forward in a way that is most sensitive to our students, taxpayers and the entire school district community. The agreement is comprehensive, and effectively resolves all components of the laptop litigation, including the Robbins and Hasan cases and the Graphic Arts insurance case. It is the product of a lengthy, court-ordered mediation involving the active participation of Judge DuBois and Chief Magistrate Judge Reuter. The terms of the agreement have been thoroughly reviewed in a number of executive sessions over the past few weeks. Throughout the entire process, the Board has aggressively sought to protect the interests of our taxpayers.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Montgomery County District Attorney cleared the District, and its employees – current and former — of any criminal wrongdoing. That was an important moment for us — it confirmed the results of an independent investigation and the District’s own initial findings. The District acknowledged and apologized for any mistakes and addressed them immediately. We revised our policies and procedures, reaffirmed our commitment to technology and put safeguards into place to ensure the privacy of our students, staff and school families.

Full article here [1]

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