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To: TheZMan

If my financial records were proof of a felony then sure the techs should report it. What’s wrong with private citizens reporting crimes?
If you have sensitive data it should be kept in an encrypted folder or in offline storage.
If your car is being serviced and the mechanic notices a kilo of cocaine in the trunk should he not report it because he had no business opening your trunk?


18 posted on 01/17/2008 6:21:16 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

No he should take it cut it and make a shit load of dough....


21 posted on 01/17/2008 6:22:23 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Teflonic; SouthTexas

In order to discover it was child porn they would have to physically open a file; it’s not like you can look at the file’s bits in a hex parser and determine that an image is in fact porn.

As for the other analogy, if your financial records were on the drive they would have no reason to open the files unless they were snooping around.

As for the “cocaine/porn in your trunk”, the analogy is flawed. The violating item is in plain sight in your trunk. The proper analogy to put this in perspective is that the item is in your glove compartment, the mechanic is fixing the tail light, but goes and opens the glove compartment to see what’s inside.

I would have a number of questions not only for the mechanic but for the owner of the business in this situation, and as such would have a number of questions for any person who effectively opened the glove compartment on my drive.


44 posted on 01/17/2008 6:42:13 PM PST by TheZMan (Vote Conservative in '08. Vote for Fred Thompson.)
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To: Teflonic
If your car is being serviced and the mechanic notices a kilo of cocaine in the trunk should he not report it because he had no business opening your trunk?

Let's take your hypothetical one step further: Suppose you bring your car in for a oil and filter change and the mechanic finds the cocaine in the trunk even though he had no reason to open the trunk in the first place? Or suppose the cocaine is in a closed briefcase in the trunk and the mechanic finds the cocaine while snooping? Better yet, suppose some punk unlawfuly breaks into your house to commit a felony only to discover an illegal weapon, which immediately discloses to the cops when he arrested the following day.

131 posted on 01/18/2008 2:15:59 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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