PhysicsPhil writes: A few websites (here, here
and here) have
reported on a recent ruling in US computer law. A federal magistrate judge in Vermont
has ruled (PDF) that the Fifth
Amendment right against self-incrimination protects a suspect against having to
reveal his computer password. The case centres around
a (legal) search of a Canadian man's laptop at a border crossing, during which evidence
of encrypted child pornography was found. A grand-jury instruction to disclose the password was challenged on Fifth Amendment grounds, leading to this ruling. A columnist at Findlaw.com has an
article with legal analysis of some of the issues.
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