CA5: Microsoft’s checking photos uploaded to cloud for CP is a private search

Defendant uploaded child pornography to Microsoft’s Skydrive. Microsoft runs all pictures’ hash values against known child pornography. Finding some, it reported it to law enforcement. This was purely a private search. United States v. Reddick, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 23012 (5th Cir. Aug. 17, 2018).

“[Unlike a search warrant, which must be executed within five days pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) section 13-3918(A), a seizure warrant [for allegedly forfeitable cash] is not subject to the same statutory five-day requirement.” State ex rel. Brnovich v. Miller, 2018 Ariz. App. LEXIS 137 (Aug. 16, 2018).

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