[caption id="attachment_47574" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Lower Merion will no longer use the tracking program."]Lower Merion will no longer use the tracking program.[/caption]

A Philadelphia-area school district agreed Monday to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops.

The Lower Merion School District admitted it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers.

Harriton High School student Blake Robbins, then 15, charged in an explosive civil-rights lawsuit filed in February that the district used its remote tracking technology to spy on...

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