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Senator Inspired to Expand Wiretapping Laws

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 30, 2010

After a Senate subcommittee hearing on privacy and technology yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) says he will introduce legislation to expand wiretapping laws to cover photo and video surveillance, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. At the hearing, Specter questioned technology and law experts on the implications of a Lower Merion School District incident where administrators admittedly viewed students in their homes by remotely activating the Web cams on school-issued laptops. The district said it only activated the Web cams to locate stolen laptops. "The incident raises a question as to whether the law has kept up with technology," Specter said at the hearing.
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