PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A report commissioned by a suburban Philadelphia school district says there's no evidence of spying on students through an electronic laptop tracking program.
The independent report indicates concerns about an online chat captured on the screen of a school-issued computer led to disclosure of the Lower Merion School District's tracking program. It cites "overzealous and questionable use of technology ... without any apparent regard for privacy considerations."
The family of one student alleged privacy violations over webcam images taken at home and sued.
The school district says it secretly activated webcams only to find missing laptops. It acknowledges lax policies led it to capture 56,000 images.
The report says 101 of the 177 activations involved only the IP address tracking feature. It says 87 percent of the images were captured when the features weren't deactivated on a dozen recovered laptops.