Federal Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop
A U.S. federal judge has ordered a defendant to decrypt her laptop.
EDITED TO ADD (2/14): The ruling. And a good analysis.
Posted on January 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM
@moogman - the burden of proof in the UK.
Nearly 20years ago the police came to give a seminar to us at Cambridge about that.
We asked how we could prove that random data from eg a Monte Carlo simulation, wasn't encrypted and we didn't have the key.
We were told not to worry because the law was only for terrorists!
@eddie - "IronKey is .... company located in Sunnyvale, California"
Which means that given a warrant - or just a quiet word from a 3letter agency - they will hand over the backdoor, or the debug tools to extract your password
The UK's law goes further and gets sillier.
Although it does have the useful side effect of requiring everyone to be an English-Lit major and theologian.
Concerned that there may be secret messages that weren't encrypted - you are required to explain any text that may have a deeper hidden meaning.
So expect to have a long interview with a truncheon wielding plod about what this "to be or not to be" really means within the context of the text. If you have a Torah lying around you are probably going to be spending a couple of millennia explaining it's hidden meanings!
Remember the UK doesn't have a right to silence or self-incrimination.
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