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steelaz
12-14-2007, 06:57 PM
I stumbled upon interesting read today:

"What: Pennsylvania man accused of possessing illegal images objects to Circuit City technician perusing his video files and then alerting police.

When: Superior Court of Pennsylvania rules on December 5.

Outcome: Evidence of illegal images allegedly discovered by technician can be used in court."

Full article on news[dot]com/Police-Blotter-Can-Circuit-City-techs-legally-peruse-files/2100-7348_3-6222794.html?tag=newsmap

Would you call police?

Simmy
12-14-2007, 07:08 PM
I would definitely tell the police, without a doubt. Whether I am legally allowed to peruse files is a separate case, but as a technician I need access to files on the machine in order to do my job.

I don't actively look in peoples private documents, but I will take a look at the odd file to make sure any backups/restorations are in tact (i.e. make sue a word document or picture opens properly).

gunslinger
12-14-2007, 09:59 PM
I'm pretty sure this has come up here before in a thread I started. As for what I would do, it depends on what I had seen. If it was a profit list made from the sell of drugs I might not turn it in.(could just be wishfull thinking) If it was kiddy porn I would turn them in at once. I actually had to do that last year.

focuz
12-15-2007, 03:29 AM
It would depend on what I found. I don't purposely look through files and respect my clients but if they had a kiddy porn wallpaper set up then it would definitely be a flag for the police.

Leztek
12-16-2007, 09:50 PM
Hye all...

I have to agree with the Kiddie porn..

What about someone who has a pile of mp3s on their computer?

Jus wondering if you turn a cheek on it?

steelaz
12-16-2007, 11:23 PM
Well mp3s are not illegal...

Leztek
12-17-2007, 12:57 AM
Ok... Let me re-phrase...

You see Limewire and you know for a fact the person is not using the pay service. They have 100 plus songs downloaded on their system...

Simmy
12-17-2007, 01:12 AM
I wouldn't do anything about mp3's/movies/software because it doesn't affect anyone in the same way that child pornography does.

Leztek
12-17-2007, 01:28 AM
I wouldn't do anything about mp3's/movies/software because it doesn't affect anyone in the same way that child pornography does.

Point taken... I guess what I am trying to figure out is what you would report and what you wouldn't report...

gunslinger
12-17-2007, 02:52 AM
I would report anything that I personally find immoral and wrong. I don't have a problem with someone downloading mp3 files, software, movies or anything like that. If I turned those people in I would also have to turn in anyone I had ever seen record a PPV event, or a song off the radio. There is not one person on here that has not at some point pirated something, including myself. I draw the line at child porn and such because like Simmy said its hurting people. I'm not real concerned that madonna is going to make a few cents less this year or adobe is not going to rip someone a new one with their $700+ price tag.

Bryce W
12-17-2007, 03:06 AM
It would depend on what I found. I don't purposely look through files and respect my clients but if they had a kiddy porn wallpaper set up then it would definitely be a flag for the police.
Three words: My Pictures Screensaver

Ive had naked pictures of a guys wife once come up because of that screensaver which users my My Pictures folder. No child porn though. If I ever saw it I'd definitely report it.

Blues
12-17-2007, 04:16 PM
Also thumbnail views if you ask me to back up files and thumbnails are on it is in no way my fault. Many times its not we are snooping but they aren't hiding things. I will check for file verification and if upon opening it is something illegal then yes Id report it. The problem I have is if you see a file named such that it suggest it is illegal should you open it to see and report, just report, or ignore it. Also I haven't checked in a while but the use of Limewire is not illegal nor is downloading songs from it. What is illegal is when you do not own rights to the songs or movies you download. Yes it should be easy enough today to rip your own but hey not everyone will do it the right ways.

gunslinger
12-17-2007, 04:44 PM
Agreed about the thumbnail view. As for anything else other than what I already stated, thats the IRAA's job, not mine.