Oct 122010
 
 October 12, 2010  Court, Surveillance

Kashmir Hill writes:

A trip to Best Buy to get his computer fixed led to a 10-year prison sentence for Alabama resident Corey Beantee Melton.

In 2005, Melton sought the help of Best Buy’s Geek Squad because he was having trouble connecting to the Internet. Their initial assessment indicated the problem was originating from Melton’s DVD drive, so he left his laptop in their care and went on his merry way.

The rest of his life didn’t turn out too merry, as Hill describes.  Read more on Forbes about the court’s opinion as to whether police can search a laptop without a warrant when computer repair techs see filenames that suggest child pornography.

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