Wait, they still deal with this archaic tool called a search warrant? Get with the times, they don't need 'em anymore.
Not to say it'll happen, but it'll be interesting if his user credentials or other sensitive information gets compromised.
Most of the time, taking 5 minutes out of your day to proactivley take care of something is worth the 5 days of follow-up fixing.
While in the home world, it may be acceptable to just allow automatic updates. However, in the mission critical business world, allowing automatic updates without testing the patches increases the risk of something to go wrong.
It has happened plenty of times in the past, that some vendor pushes out an automatic update, and boom! BSOD. I also remembering a couple of times, a bad virus def. being pushed out automatically and flaging normal system DLL files as a trojan.
For instance, I had a dream ~5 years ago that I got this new job, and this office, and it had this particular layout. When I got to my new position two weeks ago, its exactally like I remembered.
Also, I told my wife 7 years ago that I would die in 7 years in December. What ended up happening is that my father died 7 years after I initally told her in December. My father and I have the same name. So I know I wasn't "incorrectly remembering" because I actually told my wife that information.
My personal problem with that text (as I actually had a conversation about this very topic the other day), is how about when my brain "glitches" and shows me things that happen well* in advance. *Well meaning years in advance.
Which I came up with so long ago is: Time is a measurement of location and actions.
Location: The relative point you were at in space, includes local (Earth) and/or celestial location.
Actions: What you were doing at the time.
In history, we measure where we were and what we were doing.
In present, where we are now and what we're doing.
In future, where we will be and what we will be doing.
I would have to agree with your "Sensitive data should not be stored on a computer that can be carried away or easily accessed, with or without encryption." statement!
Physical security *ALWAYS* trumps logical security.
Lets not forget the limitations on encryption. If it can be decrypted, all it takes is time. Regardless who has the keys. Hell, sometimes event if it wasn't ment to be decrypted, it can be with sufficient resources (ie; Rainbow Tables).