[unisog] Suspicious Files

Mark Montague markmont at umich.edu
Tue Dec 9 14:57:47 GMT 2008

Don't ask here -- talk to your University's Office of General Counsel.  
Seriously.  Only they can properly advise you on the University's legal 

In the past, I've reported things over to the police where there was 
clear evidence of a crime.  I, personally, don't see any crime from what 
you've described (but I am not law enforcement), even though what you 
found seems very suspicious.

                Mark Montague
                ITCS Web/Database Team
                The University of Michigan
                markmont at umich.edu

On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 2:18 PM, "Bob Henry" <bhenry at boisestate.edu> wrote:
> One of our Housing office computer techs sent me the following
> question and I'd like to know what members of this list think.  Has
> anyone bumped into this and what did you do?  I've forwarded the
> question to legal as well.
> A student brought his computer to the Student Housing computer support
> people for repairs.  The computer wouldn't boot and the student told
> the Housing technicians they could format the drive if they needed to.
>  The technician managed to boot the computer from its existing
> configuration.  On the computer, the technician found many pictures of
> jet airplanes, interior and exterior pictures of Boise skyscrapers,
> pictures of the presidents planes, videos of planes crashing, pictures
> of airports, pictures of the walkways from the airport, a connection
> to American airlines flights.
> What are our responsibilities for handling this information?  Can we
> present it to law enforcement or would we be violating the 4th
> amendment?

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