Florida Law - Does an Individual have an Expectation of Privacy in a University Computer

January 17, 2008 by David S. Seltzer

Under Florida law, and State laws across the country, an individual (student) has no expectation of privacy in a University computer. US v. Butler, 151 F.Supp.2d.82 (D.ME 2001)(a defendant has no expectation of privacy in session logs and hard drives belonging to a University); US v. Bunnell, 2002 WL 981457 (D.Me. 2002)(defendant never downloaded the images, simply viewed and deleted, but has no expectation of privacy; thus, no standing to challenge evidence found on University computers).