On August 11, 2008, weeks before the district handed the laptops out to students, a Harriton High School student interning in the school's IT Department sent an email to Di Medio, with the subject line: "1:1 concern (Important)".
He said that he had recently learned of the district's purchase of LANrev, and had researched the software.
It cost .6 million, less than a third of which was covered by grants.
While Theft Track was not enabled by default on the software, the program allowed the school district to elect to activate it, and to enable whichever of Theft Track's surveillance options the school desired.
Furthermore, a locating device would record the laptop's Internet (IP) address, enabling district technicians to discover which city the laptop was located and its internet service provider.
(A subpoena to the provider would be required to pinpoint the exact location.) After sending the image to the school's server, the laptop was programmed to erase the "sent" file created on the laptop.
The defendants were the Lower Merion School District (LMSD) in Pennsylvania (of which the two high schools are part), its nine-member Board of Directors, and its Superintendent (Christopher Mc Ginley).The Lower Merion School District, which covers a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia, is being sued by parents after its staff remotely activated the computers' tracking software to find 80 laptops that had gone missing over the last two years.None of the images captured by the tracking system appeared to be salacious or inappropriate, said Henry Hockeimer, a lawyer for the school district.However, he admitted the students should not have been photographed at home without their consent.Blake does not know why the district used the software tracking programme on his computer as he had not reported it lost or stolen, although his lawyer Mark Haltzman said he had failed to pay a (£36) insurance fee.