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Have the agents of a company committed a crime if they break

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Have the agents of a company committed a crime if they break into an external disk drive that's connect to one of their computers where the external drive is owned by an employee? To clarify: the employee wholly owns the external disk drive, it was located on the employees' premises (not the company's) when it was accessed, the items on the disk drive are wholly owned by the employee, and the data on the drive was never caused to be read into the memory of the employers' computer but for the actions of the employer's agents.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
If the drive was not attached to the employer's computer or the employer's network nor was it on the employer's premises, then the employee has a reasonable expectation of privacy and it could be computer hacking and possibly invasion of privacy.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What if the drive was attached to the employer's computer, but it was just sitting there unused until the employer's agent caused it to be accessed and caused data to be read into memory?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
If it was attached to an employer's computer, there is no expectation of privacy to anything connected to an employer's computer or network.
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