Extent of Privacy Afforded to Computers, E-mail To Be Examined During Feb. 12 Seminar at TU

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Published on 2/7/02

P> The laws that govern whether or not a person’s computer hard-drive, e-mail and telephone are private -- at work and at home -- will be reviewed during the half-day seminar, “Legal and Technical Aspects of Computer Search and Seizure,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at The University of Tulsa College of Law.

The continuing legal education program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the moot court room of the college, 3120 E. 4th Place.

TU law professor Madeleine Plasencia will address privacy law covering e-mail and other forms of communications, such as telephones, faxes and other written material. Plasencia says cordless telephone calls have been found to be easily intercepted by radios, baby monitors and other cordless phones within range. She says a few courts have held that based on the “low technology” involved in this media, a correspondingly “low expectation of privacy” exists.

Stanley Adelman, a visiting TU law professor and a former parole officer, will discuss the topic, “Search, Seizure and Probation.” Benjamin J. Chapman, the college’s director of computing resources, and representatives of Computer Data Litigation Services in Tulsa will discuss “Computer Forensics and Securing Computer Evidence.”

Cost is $50 for government employees, and $75 for general attendance. For more information, call (918) 631-5612 or send an e-mail message to TU-CLE@utulsa.edu.