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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 months ago

Can the FBI arrest you for images you've delete?

If you were to have illegal images on your device, and the FBI is tracking you, (you don't know this), but you delete the images off of the device, can you still be charged?

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  • 10 months ago

    Yes. Once they are out there they never truly are deleted and can be recovered so easily. Something tells me you are going to receive a very unpleasant visit soon.

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  • Fred
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    10 months ago

    If they can prove you had been downloading illegal stuff yes they can charge you. They can get the evidence from your internet provider. They can also get inside your computer while you are online and see what you are downloading. From my understanding there is a big building where the cable from Asia comes ashore in California that carries a lot of the world's internet signals and computers are scanning for suspicious words that may alert the authorities to illegal activity such as child porn or terrorist material. I have heard of cases here in Australia where American authorities contacted Australian Authorities and tipped them off about illegal downloading and suspicious emails and can inform them of computer internet information that can be traced back to your internet connection. Many terrorists are watched and tracked after their Internet and phone have alerted computers that the person is doing something the authorities should check out. Also many child porn rings have also been caught by this.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    It’s the FBI, they can track anything.

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  • 10 months ago

    Yes, they can recover everything- nothing gets deleted for them.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Yes, it can and does, particularly when porn is involved.

    • towwwdothello10 months agoReport

      Tuesday, yet the parties involved with pursuing political rivals have had internet access program through valid legal means since the mid 90's, absent the consent of the user, such parties should not be able to acquire such tracking info.

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  • 10 months ago

    Apparently not. Hillary got away with it. LOL.

    Seriously, there is tech forensic techniques that can recover deleted material on a computer's hard drive.

    If you are worried about such matters, then I suggest you destroy your computer and get a new one.

    • New World Man
      Lv 5
      10 months agoReport

      HD is the issue not full machine, and write over free space after delete say 7 times with randome bytes, now no trace left.

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  • 10 months ago

    What evidence would they have?

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  • 10 months ago

    Yes. If the FBI has evidence that you downloaded illegal material, they can get a warrant to take your computer and a forensics expert can find what you deleted. People think that deleting files gets rid of them; it doesn't. Deleting gets rid of the link to the location on the hard drive; the data is still on the hard drive. Deleting frees up that space to be written over, but until enough of those bytes have been written over with new data, what's there can be recovered. Even if the information or images have been partially written over, enough can remain to make a positive identification.

    The only foolproof way to protect yourself is to destroy the hard drive. Smash it to bits with a hammer and scatter the pieces in 20 or more trash receptacles around town.

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    • New World Man
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      10 months agoReport

      That's not totally correct - just write over free space after delete several times with randome bytes. There are several apps for all OSs that will do that.
      Don't know if they do still sell used equipment, but at least years ago, 7 times and gov would sell HD that had classified info on it.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Sure - that's why if you truly want to get rid of any file, you don't JUST delete it, you scrub it too )write over the physical part of the storage media that contained it). Some sort of high encryption can't hurt either - maybe even an idea I have, not used on anything I know of yet though - involving fingerprint, retina scan, body temp, and bio-feedback. This way you have to be present alive, and not nervous. If any one is missing, do something depending on what - example - if bio-feedback determines user is nervous, drop to a state that looks like you are in, but it's all fake stuff.

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  • 10 months ago

    If you saved the images on your computer, then the answer is yes.

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