Several states are now considering laws that would impose criminal sanctions on IT workers who don't report suspected child abuse they find on clients' computers. In language that clearly indicates he knows very little about these "computer" thingies, New Britain, Conn. Sgt. James P. Wardwell warned:
"Computer usage is a very real part of our culture and daily activities. Laws must change and evolve to reflect this ever-changing technological advancement."
The problem of course is that in many jurisdictions mere possession of child porn images can fetch steep sentences . Sometimes intent doesn't even matter. But even when it does, it's clear that many times, the tech-ignorance of local authorities can railroad innocent people. And of course, as we've seen with similar laws aimed at photo lab technicians , innocent images can end up costing innocent people thousands of dollars, not to mention the blow to reputation that comes with being accused of child pornography.
I'd also gather that many (though admittedly not all) child pornographers—particularly those who create and distribute the stuff—are probably savvy enough to know not to bring their computers into Best Buy for repair.