Senate Hearing Probes Legal Issues With Web Surveillance

03.29.10 | FL News Team

- A U.S. Senate sub-committee will be meeting in Philadelphia today to probe the legality of high-tech computer surveillance. Senator Arlen Specter called the hearing after school officials in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania activated webcams in laptops that had gone home with students. The school district faces both a criminal probe and a lawsuit, but the Senate hearing will deal mostly with the legal fine points of using the technology.

 Specter's office says the crime and drugs subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will be calling mostly national experts rather than the locals caught up in the webcam case. Among the witnesses expected to testify are experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.