[T]here is absolutely no way that the District Tech people are going to monitor students at home.... With Di Medio's approval, Perbix e-mailed the student intern, also dismissing the student's concern: [T]his feature is only used to track equipment … The only information that this feature captures is IP and DNS info from the network it is connected to, and occasional screen/camera shots of the computer being operated....If we were going to monitor student use at home, we would have stated so. The tracking feature does NOT do things like record web browsing, chatting, email, or any other type of "spyware" features that you might be thinking of.I feel it would be best that students and parents are informed of this before they receive their computers....I could see not informing parents and students of this fact causing a huge uproar. There is no way that I would approve or advocate for the monitoring of students at home. Di Medio then forwarded the e-mails to District Network Technician Perbix, who suggested a further response to the student intern.On August 11, 2008, weeks before the district handed the laptops out to students, a Harriton High School student interning in the school's IT Department sent an email to Di Medio, with the subject line: "1:1 concern (Important)".He said that he had recently learned of the district's purchase of LANrev, and had researched the software. Mc Ginley, Superintendent of Lower Merion School District The school based its decision to discipline Robbins on a photograph that had been secretly taken of him in his bedroom, via the webcam in his school-issued laptop. Senate Judiciary subcommittee held hearings on the issues raised by the schools' secret surveillance, and Senator Arlen Specter introduced draft legislation in the Senate to protect against it in the future. Lower Merion School District, the Board of Directors of the Lower Merion School District, and Christopher W.
Without telling its students, the schools remotely accessed their school-issued laptops to secretly snap pictures of students in their own homes, their chat logs, and records of the websites they visited. Attorney's Office, and Montgomery County District Attorney all initiated criminal investigations of the matter, which they combined and then closed because they did not find evidence "that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent". Parents, media, and academics criticized the schools, and the matter was cited as a cautionary example of how modern technology can be used to infringe on personal privacy.The district had deactivated its surveillance of the student in February 2010, after the Robbins lawsuit was filed.Five months later—pursuant to a court order in the Robbins case—it informed Hasan for the first time that it had secretly taken the photographs.It cost .6 million, less than a third of which was covered by grants.While Theft Track was not enabled by default on the software, the program allowed the school district to elect to activate it, and to enable whichever of Theft Track's surveillance options the school desired.
Some school officials reportedly denied that it was anything other than a technical glitch, and offered to have the laptops examined if students were concerned.