School webcam spying prompts call for new laws


“There’s no question that I believe the federal government should be legislating in this area,” said Fred H. Cate, an Indiana University law school professor who specializes in cyber security issues. “We’ve seen a proliferation of video cameras in every aspect of our lives.”

Specter, the only senator in attendance at the March 29 field hearing, agreed to lead the effort, noting that at least one federal judge voiced concerns a quarter century ago that privacy laws were not keeping up with emerging technology.

“My sense is my colleagues will be responsive,” Specter said. “If there is a gap, it ought to be closed … after 25 years.”

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Sen. Arlen Specter

Lower Merion School District

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Absolute Software

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