If you had to either submit your main computer hard drive as-is to the government to be completely checked for anything illegal (but then returned) or destroy it now without backing anything up, which would you choose?
I have nothing to hide, but as a matter of principle, I'd destroy it rather than submit to such tyranny.
Even though there's nothing on my hard drive worth looking at by anyone else, I'd rather destroy it than allow the government to look at it.
The only important thing on there is my photos, which are already on a thumb drive. I'd destroy it on principle.
I know it's hypothetical but I wouldn't give anything to the government. Except my money.
Boycott, protest, sign petitions, write congressmen an all of the above protest to prevent this violation of the fourth amendment
I don't have anything illegal stored, but I'd prefer to download a vicious Trojan horse and place it in an otherwise empty folder labeled "child porn," just for kicks...
I'd destroy it because I don't want to go to prison for online piracy!
Big brother is watching you.
I'd destroy it. Not because there's anything on there that could get me in trouble...it would be a purely "screw them" move. What I have on my HD is absolutely none of their business.
See my comment above.
All my important stuff is backed up elsewhere - since you said MAIN computer hard drive, I'd destroy it on principal.
Me too. I have nothing illegal on it but I'll be damned to turn it over.
Destroy it. Who knows what they will decide is illegal that I may not even know is there, and NONE of it is their business. Once they've had it, I don't want it back anyway. Everything I need to keep is backed up already, every Sunday early a.m.
That's my biggest worry. To my knowledge, there is nothing illegal on my PC, but if they really wanted to, the government can stretch any rule or loophole to fit their needs. If make a wind chime out if the platters.
There is nothing on there that is illegal, or irreplaceable. Large magnet followed by hammer it is.
They can always find something. I'd destroy it even if I'd just bought it.
I have nothing to hide and I'd want all my pictures. But I'd prefer if they have a warrant/reasonable cause first.
I would destroy it out of spite.
The music I download from YouTube is technically legal. I also have open office, also legal. So I'd be good. This is however unconstitutional.
I would not submit willingly to such a 4th Amendment violation.
If they had a warrant...
I'd have no choice but to destroy it if I wanted to walk away without any fines
I don't want to go to jail or be fined for the rest of my life, in the same boat as you.
The deal is that no matter how pristine your hard drive might be they could ALWAYS find something. Something a search function found that was not the intent of your search. Software you solid not want that installed that installed itself etc.