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Teacher Settles Laptop-Tracking Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 8, 2011

The Associated Press reports that an Ohio teacher has settled her lawsuit against a software company on allegations that it invaded her privacy. The teacher said Absolute Software Inc. violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Stored Communications Act when it remotely captured images and text messages from her laptop and shared them with police. The computer was equipped with tracking software. It is at least the second settlement in recent weeks related to the use of laptop-tracking technology. Late last month, Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District agreed to pay $10,000 to a teenager who was recorded by his school-issued laptop. 
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