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01/24/2021

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Senators Introduce Bill in Response to EFF’s Call for New Protections Against Secret Video Surveillance

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Senators Introduce Bill in Response to EFF’s Call for New Protections Against Secret Video Surveillance

Wow, that was fast: little more than two weeks after EFF testified to a Senate subcommittee that federal electronic privacy law needs to be updated to protect against secret video surveillance just like it regulates electronic eavesdropping, Senator Arlen Specter has responded by introducing a bill to do just that.

Specter, chairman of the subcommittee that held the hearing in response to the scandal over a Pennsylvania school district’s alleged use of webcams on school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, today introduced the Surreptitious Video Surveillance Act of 2010. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Feingold and Kaufman, would update the federal wiretapping statute to create serious criminal and civil penalties for secret, nonconsensual video surveillance inside any temporary or permanent residence, be it your house, your apartment, or your hotel room…

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