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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Philadelphia school district settles webcam spy suits for $610,000


Nine months ago, a 15-year-old high school student named Blake Robbins filed a lawsuit against his school district. He alleged that the Lower Merion School District spied on him through a district-issued laptop computer. The original claim was that the notebook was used as a tracker to monitor where Robbins was, but during the suit evidence was uncovered that the district used the computer’s own webcam to photograph him at home. The webcam took over 400 pictures of Robbins over a 2-week period. The district issues Apple notebooks to all of its students.

The school district finally settled Monday with Robbins and another student, Jalil Hassan, who also filed suit. The district will pay out $610,000 for the spying. Robbins will get $175,000, Hassan will get $10,000, and the remainder will go to their lawyer, Mark Haltzman.

The FBI investigated the case, but decided not to prosecute the school district. One must wonder the sort of penalty any other individual or group would have to pay for a similar transgression. Imagine “school district” isn’t in the story, and this was anyone else who used a computer to take photos of underage boys in their homes.

33 comments:

spunchops said...

The problem has deep roots. With all of the social sites, kids are giving up their right to privacy. Their lack of experience is going to open a can of worms for their future, should they decide they want privacy.

RJ said...

wow that's scary; why on Earth would they think that would be a good idea?

Unlogic said...

holy shit so much money to lawyers ?!

OblivionPictures said...

Sure wish they were spying on me so I could get that kinda cash.

Banks said...

lwayer gets all the cash and students got penuts

swizzfor said...

dats a lot of money

The Music Dude 23 said...

what about privacy?

Liv said...

thats disgusting, something much worse should have happened to that school

Hunter said...

Why would they spy on a 15 year old?

Swift Love said...

damn, what an invasion of privacy

mapaiscool said...

wow. crazy. and thelawyer gets majority of the money... jesus.

Dan said...

I'd let my school spy on me for $175k. Wow.
I'd even get naked and dance for em.

Rnlxndr said...

Crazy stuff.

fedor519 said...

Theres a certain line you musten cross and in my opinion that was crossed.

-ITW- said...

and thats why I will never buy a mac. Also, the school had it coming, im glad they have to pay up. If you ask me, they got off easy.

kokojesta said...

ha!.. paranoia PARANOIA!!!

Dr. Mumbai said...

"and the remainder will go to their lawyer" Holy crap!!!! That's 425K!!! Why is him getting so much money???

MacPCharmony said...

this invasion of privacy bugs me

Satan said...

Dang, that's a lot of money. :O

The Square Circle said...

i remember this. pretty unbelievable shit pulled here.

Author said...

Glad stuff like this is getting enforced against. In other countries, they have security cameras set up everywhere in public, with people able to watch everything you do. And of course, there have been a few occasions of snooping into windows to spy on girls.

Undertaker said...

I need to get back in school and study for lawyer. Damn man, 425k for a single case.
Yup, definitely need to become a lawyer...

Nikola Begedin said...

Not much to say, they god what they deserved. Personally, I would take even more of their money.

dzikrk said...

Better if they leave this money to me :D

Longkid said...

I hate when people pull crap like that.

Max Steel said...

If this was just some random dude doing this his life would be fucked

pixel said...

geez, the lawyer gets to keep pretty much all the money so unfair - not like it was a hard case to argue

lovebloggin said...

thats incredible how much money he got. i wish my school did that to me

Ocioso said...

fbi sucks man :(

Mesty said...

Wow, the lawyer is the real winner here!
Taking home over half a million dollars when the kids are the ones who were abused!
Mesty =)

Matt said...

whathe fuck?! thats messed up!

5lectro said...

lol lawyers.

So I guess Robbins got caught fappin' 175 times ,and Hassan only 10?

thecatzpajamas said...

WTF WHY DOES THE LAWYER GET MOST OF IT

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