Parents are alleging that a New Hampshire school district with a history of willful disregard for parental authority has been wiretapping students on school buses for four years in violation of state law and its own policies. The Gilford School District in Gilford, New Hampshire, contracts with a private company to operate its school-bus service with oversight by the superintendent’s office. Cameras with video and audio-recording ability have been installed in buses at least since 2011, recording every word and action of every student riding the buses. Chapter 570-A of New Hampshire’s Wiretapping and Eavesdropping statute forbids secret wiretapping but gives a list of exceptions for law enforcement and public safety. One exception is for school buses. However, to qualify for the exception, the entity in charge of the buses must have “a sign informing the occupants of such recording prominently displayed on the school bus.”
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