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Philadelphia news radio station KYW is reporting that U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger has announced that no federal criminal charges will be brought against officials of the Lower Merion School District near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, in a much discussed webcam spying investigation.

The FBI investigated after it was revealed that district personnel had switched on the web cams on school-issued laptop computers and took tens of thousands of webcam images of students in their homes.

The district used the remote management capability to track down lost and stolen computers. In earlier stories it was reported that investigators found that in many cases, the district IT personnel neglected to turn the monitoring system off and the system stored tens of thousands of webcam photos. There was no record that anyone had ever viewed the stored photos, they said.

Two lawsuits have been brought against the district in connection with the webcam recordings.

Story here: “No Federal Charges in Lower Merion “Spycams” Case”

We reported on this on the Sunbelt blog here “Lower Merion spyware case: details emerge”

And here: “FBI will investigate Pa. school district webcam spying”

Tom Kelchner

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