An Ohio teacher named Susan Clements-Jeffrey bought a stolen laptop from a student, had a sexually explicit communication with her boyfriend via webcam, and is now suing a laptop tracking company for recording it.
Absolute Software makes LoJack, a program for tracking stolen laptops. It insists that it was acting appropriately by recording the sexual interaction and passing it along to police, writes Kim Zetter of Wired.
His decision reads in part that "it is one thing to cause a stolen computer to report its IP address or its geographical location in an effort to track it down. It is something entirely different to violate federal wiretapping laws by intercepting the electronic communications of the person using the stolen laptop."
Clements-Jeffrey is described in court papers as a 52-year old widow who had recently renewed a romance with her high school sweetheart, a Boston man named Carlton Smith.
Her student bought the laptop from someone at a bus station for $40 and sold it to her for $60. That should have signaled something to her about how legitimate a purchase it was (not very).
Does she have a case, or will the shadiness of her purchase be her downfall in court?