Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Judge Oders Defendant To Decrypt Laptop

I recently read an interesting article that was posted on CNN's site. The article tells of a story from Wired in which a judge in Colorado ordered a woman to decrypt her laptop hard drive after the computer was seized.

The judge concluded that "the Fifth Amendment is not implicated by requiring production of the unencrypted contents of the Toshiba Satellite M305 laptop computer,"  and ordered the drive decrypted so that  prosecutors can use the files against her in a criminal case.

The EFF is involved in the matter and in trying to protect the defendant stating that the order violates the Constitution and would make the defendant incriminate herself.

This gives great pause for thought for privacy advocates. At what point does an individuals rights cease? What precedent would this action then set?

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