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Specter Introduces Patch for Wiretap Act

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 20, 2010

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and colleagues introduced legislation on Friday to update the decades old federal Wiretap Act, The Hill reports. The Surreptitious Video Surveillance Act comes three weeks after a Senate subcommittee hearing on a Pennsylvania school district's use of a laptop camera to view a student in his home. If the legislation passes, the practice of capturing and storing video without the taped user's consent would be outlawed, according to the report. "Many Americans would be surprised to learn that there is no federal statute to protect them from being secretly videotaped in their homes," said Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who cosponsored the legislation along with Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE).

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