What privacy rights do you have if your laptop is seized at a United States border crossing? The case United States v. Cotterman revolves around this issue. Of interest here is how advances in cybersecurity and computer forensics are changing how the Fourth Amendment is applied.
Consider the increasingly common ransomware attacks, such as the cyber attack on the Erie County Medical Center’s computers. Its 6,000 computers were disabled and a ransom demand for nearly $6,000 appeared on the screens of the affected computers to unlock their data. The Buffalo, New York, medical center refused to pay and suffered nearly $10 million in expenses.