Police Can Access Data On File-Sharing Networks, Judge Says

Law360, New York (November 12, 2013, 6:54 PM EST) -- A Vermont federal judge ruled Friday that users of peer-to-peer file-sharing networks have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the content that they make available for sharing, refusing to invalidate automated searches that law enforcement had conducted on the networks.

U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss reached her conclusion after three men accused of possessing child pornography urged her to suppress all evidence that police seized during the course of their investigation. The men argued that law enforcement's use of automated software to identify the types of...
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