A man who was arrested for gun-related charges is apparently now suing Microsoft for allowing FBI agents to view the contents of his hard drive. He bought a Compaq computer from Circuit City loaded up with various security and encryption products. When he was arrested on gun charges, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took his computer as well. Agents there were unable to access his computer, but handed it off to the FBI who was able to access the content by making a copy of the hard drive. The man was then embarrassed, because, among other things, his hard drive included "sexually explicit videos of him and his girlfriend" as well as "evidence that he frequented pornographic Web sites." He claims that he had Microsoft IE set to erase his history every five days, and between that and the FBI being able to access his computer, Microsoft owes him a couple hundred thousand. Apparently, he already convinced both HP and Circuit City to pay up for their part. Either way, you have to wonder if there's a reasonable expectation that when you buy this kind of security software that folks like the government wouldn't ever be able to break it.
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