June 6, 2023

Ohio woman settles suit over laptop sex images

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has settled a lawsuit that alleged her privacy was violated when a company grabbed sexually explicit images of her and her boyfriend from a computer she didn’t know was stolen.

Susan Clements-Jeffrey said Bellevue, Wash.-based Absolute Software Inc. improperly lifted the webcam images and gave them to police as part of the company’s attempt to retrieve the laptop.

A federal judge ruled late last month that because Clements-Jeffrey did not realize the laptop she bought for $60 was stolen, she could argue that she had an expectation of privacy.

Clements-Jeffrey had also sued Springfield, Ohio, police, alleging they illegally disclosed the images and arrested her without a proper warrant.

Springfield and Absolute Software denied the claims.

The lawsuit was settled Tuesday with lawyers saying they couldn’t comment.

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