Privacy: Not When Repairing Computers

Aron Schatz
December 21, 2007

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This one falls under the "duh" category. When you bring in your computer for repair, don't expect your privacy to be upheld. This is in the literal and legal sense.


When searching the Windows XP computer for some sample video files, a technician named Stephen Richert allegedly spotted files that "appeared to be pornographic in nature" based on their names. Richert clicked on one that had listed a male name and an age of 13 or 14 and found a video he believed to contain child pornography. Then the usual series of events happened: Richert called Wyomissing police, who promptly showed up, seized the computer, and, after Sodomsky returned to pick it up, seized its owner as well.


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