U.S. v. Ahrndt

Court Decision on Fourth Amendment and Open Wi-Fi Hotspots


A child pornography suspect had no constitutionally protected privacy right in the files found on his personal computer, accessible by a neighbor who was piggybacking on his unsecured wireless network.

"As a result of the ease and frequency with which people use others' wireless networks, I conclude that society recognizes a lower expectation of privacy in information broadcast via an unsecured wireless network router than in information transmitted through a hardwired network or password-protected network."

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 9th Circuit, Oregon | United States

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Doug Cornelius | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Doug Cornelius on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.