Family: Pa. district snared thousands of secret webcam images


Her lawyer, Charles Mandracchia, did not immediately return a message left by the Associated Press but has said his client did nothing wrong. Cafiero makes $105,000 and Perbix $86,000. Both are on paid leave.

The wealthy suburban district—which spent about $21,600 per student in 2008-09, nearly twice the amount spent on Philadelphia students—issues $1,000 Macintosh laptops to 2,300 students at two high schools.

Despite widespread concern about the alleged spying, hundreds of parents have signed on to oppose the Robbins family’s suit for financial and other reasons. The district, meanwhile, insists it has no evidence of any intentional misuse of the tracking program.

“While we deeply regret the mistakes and misguided actions that have led us to this situation, at this late stage of the investigation we are not aware of any evidence that district employees used any LANrev webcam photographs or screenshots for such inappropriate purposes,” Ebby said in his statement.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., introduced a bill April 15 to treat video surveillance the same as electronic communication under the federal Wiretap Act.

“Citizens should not have to fear that cameras on their cell phones or computers—common features on many of today’s personal electronic devices—will be used in their homes without their knowledge to invade their privacy rights,” said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., a co-sponsor of the bill.

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