Defendant took his computer to Staples for a computer tech to remove viruses and spyware, giving the tech the password to the computer. The computer tech found child pornography in a folder called “PVT,” and he called the police who saw the files and seized the computer. The court finds that the defendant waived his reasonable expectation of privacy in the computer by his actions.
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I wonder what that Tennessee court would say about repair people copying nude photos of a computer owner from a private folder on the drive and then uploading them to the Internet. Would the judge still hold that the computer owner had waived REP by giving the repair people the computer and password?