Thursday, June 23, 2016

FBI stings of home computers by hacking for child pornography don't violate 4th Amendment (federal court in Virginia)


Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned consumers about a recent decision from a Virginia federal court that “the Fourth Amendment does not protect your home computer,” article by Mark Rumold.

The case at issue is the FBI’s investigation of Playpen, which had allegedly investigated child pornography.  The problem is that the FBI continued to run a fake site as a sting to nab home users downloading it, to charge them with possession.  This would raise the idea that cloud services could be scanned, too.

The text of the decision from Newport News is here.

The FBI has been ordered to show the code and methods used to conduct the sting through TOR, story