Despite claims that the feature was only used in cases of reported laptop theft, many students reported briefly seeing the webcam indicator light flicker on, and some took measures to tape over camera.
The district later admitted 56,000 images of the students had been taken.
These cameras are typically used in small businesses, home security, and to monitor children and babies.
Although TRENDnet tried their best to contact the leaked list of affected IP addresses, a year on about 5% of them remain accessible.
"To protect the physical privacy of consumers, because these devices can be used to violate the physical privacy of consumers, there needs to be greater assurances on the software, easier update functionalities and greater security provided." The FTC did not respond to request for comment.