Baltimore, MD asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland

Q: Is it illegal (e.g. "wiretapping") to record the air quality of my daughter's school without first obtaining permission?

I sent my daughter with a CO2 (carbon dioxide) monitor to school to check the ventilation level of her classroom. Is there some legal reason to have obtained permission from the school to record this kind of information (no audio or video, or any identifying information was ever recorded)? (There are no school specific policies listed anywhere which cover this case.)

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: County Boards of Education set the rules on what electronic devices are allowed to be brought onto school campus. This is not a wiretapping issue as it does not concern collection of communications between humans.

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