U.S. v. Ahrndt

Court Decision on Fourth Amendment and Open Wi-Fi Hotspots

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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."

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


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