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Privacy - Part 2

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a school did not violate a federal wiretap law when it used a transcript of an AOL "Instant Messenger" conversation between two high school students as the basis for expelling one of the students.

Privacy

Key point. The secret recording of oral or electronic conversations may violate state or federal wiretapping laws.

* A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a school did not violate a federal wiretap law when it used a transcript of an AOL "Instant Messenger" conversation between two high school students as the basis for expelling one of the students. An 11th-grade high school student ("Steve") participated in an America Online ("AOL") Instant Messenger conversation with another student ("John"). AOL defines its "instant message" service as "an online conversation between two or more people who have AOL Instant Messenger or America Online software. Instant messages are private and free." At the time of the conversation, both students were in their respective homes using their own personal computers and Internet access. ...

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  • January 1, 2002

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