Insurer won't pay legal costs in webcam spying

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Laptop spying lawsuit

An insurance company says it won't pay legal costs for a suburban Philadelphia school district accused of spying on students through laptop webcams.

Graphic Arts Mutual Insurance Company says costs stemming from a lawsuit over the alleged spying aren't covered under its personal injury policy with the Lower Merion School District.

The New York-based insurer filed suit last week against the district and the family of student Blake Robbins. The family is suing the district for alleged privacy violations over webcam images taken at home without their knowledge.

The insurance company's stance could leave the district responsible for litigation and any settlement costs.

The district says it secretly activated the webcams only to find missing laptops, but admits lax policies led it to capture 56,000 images.

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