UBC employee sued by software company files anti-SLAPP claim

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But Linkletter, who has publicly criticized the software and believes it discriminates against students who have various conditions that can affect eye and head movement, says the costume is a threat to his free speech.

“Proctorio’s lawsuit against me is unfounded and brought for the sole purpose of silencing me,” he said in a statement. “They claim a breach of confidentiality for information already available to the public and a violation of copyright for links to videos they put on YouTube. ”

Linkletter said fighting the lawsuit for over a month had cost him and his wife tens of thousands of dollars. He launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay his legal bills and by Wednesday had raised more than $ 26,000.

“It has all been extremely stressful and exhausting,” he said. “I have so much gratitude for everyone who supported me – your messages, your petitions, and your advocacy humbled me and kept me going.”

No date has yet been set for the hearing of Linkletter’s motion.

After Linkletter posted links to the videos, the company deactivated those links. He claims that if the information in the videos becomes public, students could change their behavior or adopt strategies to bypass the software, giving them an unfair advantage over other students in exams.

The use of this software has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities and colleges to go online. But in dozens of petitions around the world, students have expressed concerns about academic monitoring software, according to Linkletter.

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