Another lawsuit has been filed in the Lower Merion School District webcam case by a family appalled to find how many secret photos had been taken.
KYW’s John Ostapkovich reports the federal civil suit seeks unspecified damages on behalf of 18-year-old Jalil Hasan (left), a newly minted Lower Merion grad, who left his school-issued laptop in class on a December Friday, got it back from Tech Services on the next Monday and went on his merry way.
Weeks later, he and his mother were invited to see images captured by the laptop’s theft recovery feature. Attorney Mark Haltzman:
“The thousand or so pictures that they recovered are probably just part of the pictures that are out there, if the prior case is any indication.”
Jalil’s mother, Fatima (right), asks: if the computer was thought missing, why was nothing else done?
“Why didn’t they notify us, or ask us for our deductible for the insurance? And if they themselves turned it over to Jalil, why was it turned on if it never left their possession?”
The Lower Merion School District calls the new lawsuit “clearly not the way to go,” given the steps officials say they have taken in stopping the spying and to correct mistakes.