[caption id="attachment_32125" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="There are better ways to find lost or stolen laptops than webcam images, experts say."]Webcam pictures may not be useful in tracking down culprits.[/caption]

School officials in Pennsylvania who admit remotely activating webcams to locate missing laptops could have used far less intrusive methods of finding the machines, such as GPS tracking or “call home” systems, technology and privacy experts say.

Instead, the Lower Merion School District finds itself defending a potential class-action lawsuit after a student complained of being photographed inside his home and...

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