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December 18, 2007

No Privacy Violations When Tech Finds Child Porn on Hard Drive

Consider the case of one Kenneth Sodomsky.  He took his PC to Circuit City to get a DVD burner upgrade.  He got that and more.  The store tech installed the drive and looked for video files to test his handiwork.  What he found was videos of nude adolescent boys.  Ooops.  Sodomsky claimed that his right to privacy was violated.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court reasoned that the tech was using standard commercial practices in testing the drive.  Thus, there was no privacy violation.  The evidence is not suppressed.  What was he thinking?

The case is Commonwealth v. Sodomsky (filed December 5, 2007), and is available via links from here.  News reports are here and here.

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