• Search of employee's work computer may be exception to Fourth Amendment rights
  • February 12, 2007
  • Law Firm: Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. - Pittsburgh Office
  • For purposes of the Fourth Amendment, a search of private property without proper consent is deemed to be unreasonable unless authorized by a valid search warrant. Recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the government's warrantless search and seizure of child pornography from a workplace computer fell within a narrow exception to the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, based upon the fact that the search was permitted by an employer in possession and control of the computer. U.S. v. Jeffrey Brian Ziegler, 9th Cir., No. 05-30177, Jan. 30, 2007.