This time in New Jersey, as described at Electronic Discovery Law:
State v. M.A., 954 A.2d 503 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2008)
In this case of first impression in New Jersey, defendant argued that personal information found on his work computers should be suppressed because his employer had no authority to consent to the search. …
Rejecting his arguments as “implausible”, the court found ownership properly resided with the employer in light of several facts, including, among other things, the employer’s payment for the computers, the placing of the laptop on the depreciation schedule of the employer’s corporate tax returns and the specific instruction to defendant that all computers were company property. Accordingly, the court upheld the validity of the warrantless search and denied the defendant’s motion to suppress.
Not the first such holding and certainly not the last.
It bears repeating again and again: if you keep non-work materials on your computer, or send/receive "personal" e-mail on your work servers, you are taking a risk of either waving attorney-client privilege or consenting to a warrantless search.