Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Laptop Surveillance Settlement

The Lower Merion School District has settled the lawsuit filed by student Blake Robbins.

Robbins will receive about $175,000, a second student who also sued will receive about $10,000 and the lawyer representing both of them will be paid $425,000 in fees.

This ties a nice neat bow in the story except for the fact no one ever answered any questions about what the school district was doing photographing its students at home and who specifically authorized this.

Another interesting fact is that many of the articles dealing with these issues have been removed from the Philadelphia Daily News website. I find this interesting because it further obscures the fact that nothing was resolved in this situation - there was no fact-finding or deposition of responsible parties in the case.

The school district paid out some cash and it all went away...even the newspaper articles detailing the fact that the head of technology for the school district refused to answer questions when she received a subpoena, pleading the fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination.

The Associated Press articles on these subjects have also been deleted.

Here are a few links that still work

From The Week:

From The Inquisitr:

From PC Magazine:

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