Because no school district policy prohibited him from accessing the eMail of others and because prosecutors could not prove messages were intercepted in transit, a former Pennsylvania school district technology director was acquitted. He had faced charges that he violated state wiretapping laws by stealing a supervisor's eMail messages.


The judge's decision leaves open the question of whether school technology personnel have a legal right to access the electronic communications of others--and it underscores the need for schools to set clear policies in this regard.


Former West Chester Area School District employee Martin Friedman was cleared on May 12 of all 90

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