If you think that privacy rights protect you from criminal prosecution for the things you do in your own home, to a certain extent, you are wrong. If you are caught downloading child pornography or have unintentionally downloaded child porn that alerted a federal agency, you may find yourself at the center of a criminal investigation and the recipient of a legal request to confiscate your computer.
Just over a year ago, North Carolina began requiring a DNA sample from anyone charged with a higher-level felony offense including, among others, murder, manslaughter, rape, other sex offenses, kidnapping, most felony assaults, stalking and cyberstalking.
A government investigation of alleged child pornography led to the seizure of one man's two lap top computers and five external hard drives. Parts of each were encrypted by a program called TrueCrypt and forensic examiners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were unable to view that material.