Then it would use the built-in security feature to take over the laptop and see whatever was in the webcam's field of vision, potentially allowing it to track down the missing computer.
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Doug Young, a spokesman for the Lower Merion School District, said the district would only remotely access a laptop if it were reported to be lost, stolen or missing.Young said if there were such a report, the district first would have to request access from its technology and security department and receive authorization.Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley are suing the Lower Merion School District, its board of directors and the superintendent.The parents allege the district unlawfully used its ability to access a webcam remotely on their son's district-issued laptop computer.
According to the Robbinses' complaint, neither they nor their son, Blake, were informed of the school's ability to access the webcam remotely at any time.
It is unclear what the boy was doing in his room when the webcam was activated or if any punishment was given out.