Appeals Court Misfired in Hack-Counterhack Dispute

Essentially, the decision (correctly) rules that students have a constitutionally protected reasonable expectation of privacy in their dorm room computers, but that University officials can search those computers without a warrant for school security purposes under the “special needs” exception. The problem with the ruling is that (1) every school security issue is also a criminal issue and (2) there’s no limit on the school using their security issue as a pretext for doing a warrantless search, and then giving all that information over to the police for your prosecution.