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Article: Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive

Tuesday, February 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive: US appeals court rules it would violate his 5th Amendment rights

A federal appeals court has ruled it improper to compel a child pornography suspect to decrypt his hard drive because such an act would violate his Fifth Amendment rights.

The ruling (PDF) by the Atlanta-based US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of an unnamed suspect from Florida (known in court papers as "John Doe") goes against US legal thinking in previous cases where courts held a person ought to be obliged to turn over encryption codes or passwords in a criminal investigation.

http://listserve.icfi.com/t/413411/705340/11584/0/


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