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My business was recently seized by the state of Massachusetts.  As part of the seizure, the business computer was sold at auction.  A former employee has contacted me asking if his personal information was on the hard drive of the computer and if so was the hard drive destroyed or removed prior to the sale.  The computer was sold with the original hard drive intact and all the personal information for myself and past employees on the hard drive.

Do I have any legal rights in this matter and can I file suit against those parties responsible.

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Good Morning James,

You would have to be old to prove that the state had some sort of negligence and that there was actual recoverable data on the hard drive as it was sold. You have to get hold of the computer and the hard drive and have it forensically examined. They would then need to recover any data that would be usable for things like identity theft or other issues on your employees and yourself. If that's the case then you may have a civil lawsuit for negligence. Other than that you're going to have a hard time proving that the state sold the computer with the information intact.

Once you get hold of the hard drive of the computer and get examined then you'll know whether or not you have a case.

Sorry for all the trouble you're running into.

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I can answer questions concerning Computer Crime Investigations and Internet investigations including Computer Crime Laws both at the State level and Federal level. I can answer questions on almost any crime in which a computer is used. In addition I can answer questions concerning copywrite infringement (peer to peer, and copying). I served as a police Commander and conducted and still conduct Computer Crime Investigations at the Local, State and Federal level. I have investigated all most any kind of crime with which or which involved a computer and the internet, from murders, kidnappings, extortion, drug dealing and more. I can answer questions concerning Computer Forensics (the art of recovering information from a suspects computer), Computer Crime Investigations and Internet Investigations. I am a Federally Court Recognized Expert in Computer Crime and Computer Forensics. I have worked in both Facebook and MySPace, also in Peer to Peer investigations. In addition I can answer questions concerning child predators and how to make your children safer on-line. I teach Computer Forensics, Internet Investigations, Peer to Peer Investigations and other computer crime related subjects for several colleges and the Institute of Police Technology and Management. My hobby webpage - Military Videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/3rdID8487

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I conduct computer crime investigations in conjunction with the F.B.I., Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, and University of Florida Police Department, Levi County Sheriff’s Office, Starke Police Department and other agencies in the North Florida Court District. I provide the forensic data recovery services for those agencies as well as internet tracing and information gathering. I am a Federal Court Certified Expert in Computer Crime Investigations and Forensics. I teach Computer Forensics for the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management. I also teach Computer Crime courses for Tallahassee Community College, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Training Center. Associate Instructor; teach Computer Crime courses thorough out the world for IPTM. Presently Teach Cyber Crime Investigations, Computer Crime Investigations and Computer Forensic Data Recovery Course.

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