With more criminal cases depending on forensic computer searches, courts must decide between the user's perspective of a computer as a locked box protecting its virtual contents, and the law-enforcement perspective of a computer as a physical container, easily opened. A recent 10th Circuit case turned a spotlight on how appellate courts grapple with third-party consents to search computers, recognizing for the first time that a password-protected computer is like a locked box. Will other courts follow suit?
Courts Grapple With Computer Searches
The National Law Journal
May 15, 2007
This article requires premium access
This article requires premium access to Law.com. Please sign in or subscribe to read the full text.