We've seen creepy fools messing around with stolen laptops before. But what if you didn't know the laptop you were doing a striptease on was stolen? It would be kind of messed up if the cops came to door, naked pics of you in hand, right?
That just happened to Ohio substitute teacher Susan Clement-Jeffrey and her boyfriend, and she took the security company, Absolute Software, to court over it. Clements-Jeffrey claims that she bought the laptop from a student of hers for $60. It was originally the property of Clark County School District, but she had no idea at the time, the student telling her he simply didn't need it anymore. At least she didn't buy the thing in a parking lot.
By the time the school contacted Absolute to track it, Clements-Jeffrey was already using it for her own purposes. That included sending racy messages and pics to her boyfriend. And Absolute was able to intercept them... even though they were only supposed to track her IP address and hand it over to the police.
According to court documents, in June 2008 Magnus began recording Clements-Jeffrey's keystrokes and monitoring her web surfing. At one point, while snooping on Clements-Jeffrey's webcam communications with her boyfriend, Magnus also captured three screenshots from her laptop monitor, which showed Clements-Jeffrey naked in the webcam images. In one picture, her legs were spread apart.
That's fucked up. Regardless of the companies intentions of tracking down who they perceived to be a criminal, it doesn't excuse them from crossing a clear line and violating a couple's privacy.
U.S. District Judge Walter Rice agreed, stating that a reasonable jury might rule that they broke the law. And I'm all for that. [Wired]