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Judge Rules Tracking Service Violated Federal Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 1, 2011

U.S. District Judge Walter Rice has ruled that a company providing tracking services for stolen laptops violated an individual's privacy rights when an agent working for the company intercepted video transmissions of the individual using the stolen laptop, Wired reports. In his decision, Rice wrote, "It is one thing to cause a stolen computer to report its IP address or its geographical location in an effort to track it down...It is something entirely different to violate federal wiretapping laws by intercepting the electronic communications of the person using the stolen laptop."  
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