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Low-Cost Technology, Old Laws Spur Legal Questions

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

September 14, 2012

USA TODAY reports on a legal battle between a former couple involving secret surveillance. Joseph Zang tracked his wife’s movements inside their home for months, Catherine Zang believes, using hidden microphones in the living room and kitchen and software installed on the computer to copy her e-mails. Two lawsuits now play out in U.S. District Court. Experts say due to high quality, low-cost surveillance equipment, such spying is increasingly common and has proven troublesome for courts and judges to resolve. A spokeswoman for one prosecutor’s office said,  “The case law is in flux,” partly because wiretapping laws “are decades old and apply only to audio recordings.”
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