December 22nd, 2007 by Adam
It’s official: You have no right to the expectation of privacy when your computer is in for repair.
A recent Slashdot article told the story of a man from Pennsylvania who had his computer in for repair (a repair to the DVD burner of his PC). When the computer was in for the repair, technicians found illegal pornography on his hard disk, and he was reported to and arrested by the police. When it went to court, he successfully argued that the technicians had no right to be accessing data on his hard drive, but this decision was later overturned by a prosecution appeal.
In no conceivable way do I support his actions relating to the illegal material found on his computer, and I believe that people who make and access this material deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The fact the the material in question was found on the computer, however, highlighted the issue: do you or can you trust computer technicians with your data when your computer is in for repair?