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The Feds, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the district attorney of Montgomery County,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Pennyslvania dropped the charges earlier in the summer which cleared the school district and its employees of any criminal wrongdoing.
The settlement reached Monday includes $175,000 placed in a trust for Robbins; $10,000 for Jalil Hassan – the second student who filed suit – and $425,000 for their lawyer Mark Haltzman.
The case was settled when the district’s insurance carrier, Graphic Arts Mutual Insurance Co., agreed to cover $1.2million of the fees and costs needed to pay for the lawsuits.
Lower Merion School District spokesman Doug Young said that the district would only remotely access a laptop if it was reported lost,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], stolen or missing.
The FBI were also investigating other potential invasion of privacy violations but they were subsequently dropped.
Immediately after the lawsuits were filed, the district removed the webcam security program but it has continued the laptop distribution.
Earlier this year on behalf of their son, Blake’s parents sued the school district, its board of directors and the superintendent.
A Pennsylvannia school district has settled a lawsuit after a high school student and his parents sued for invasion of privacy when unlawful pictures were taken of him via his webcam on his school-issued laptop.
This was intended as a means to locate lost or stolen laptops, but was apparently activated in other circumstances also.
16-year-old Blake claimed he was was called into assistant principal Lynn Matsko’s office in February who showed him photos remotely taken with the laptop’s built-in webcam.
Board President David Ebby said in a statement: ‘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’.
Privacy concerns were then raised as to how the school got hold of the photos and how many other pictures had been taken.
Unknown to the students at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA and Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], administrators had the ability to take photographs and screenshots remotely via the webcam.
In the pictures, the teen was allegedly holding two pill-shaped objects which school officials believed were drugs. The family maintains they were simply Mike-N-Ike candy that Blake was holding.
Hassan had turned 18 when he was informed that 469 pictures and 543 screen shots had been taken of him over the course of several months so he filed his own lawsuit.
According to a message on the district superintendent’s website, the teens were given the computers in order to ‘enhance opportunities for ongoing collaboration and ensure that all students have 24/7 access to school based resources’.
Ebby said the school revised its policies and procedures and put safeguards in place to ensure the privacy of students and staff.
Blake Robbins and his parents Michael and Holly Robbins sued Lower Merion School District, and the School Board approved a $610,000 settlement on Monday in the case dubbed WebcamGate.
The Macbook laptops issued to 2,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],300 students in the district were equipped with tracking software that could remotely activate the computer’s webcam to take pictures of the user.
The district’s internal investigation turned up more than 50,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],000 images and screen shots taken over two years by school officials without the knowledge of students or their parents.

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