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Comment Nothing to hide != nothing to fear (Score 5, Insightful) 198

Moral of the story is Don't leave evidence on your phone. Or anywhere else for that matter.

Idiotic statement. Sometimes what isn't actually evidence of anything can be used against you. Just because you have nothing to hide does NOT mean you have nothing to fear.

If you need an explanation why watch this video.

Comment Forcing you to aid in a search (Score 3, Insightful) 198

your fingerprints aren't a testimony against yourself. Read the damn thing. "nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."

Your fingerprints absolutely can be evidence against you. That's not even a question. The police have a long established right to take your fingerprints when you are arrested and to compare them with gathered evidence.

That said I have a hard time reconciling this with the right against self incrimination in the Constitution. In principle I feel a biometric pass code should be legally no different than a memorized one. Either way you are being forced to potentially incriminate yourself. But I suspect that the legal system will rule that they are different and so if you want your phone to be secure against search and seizure you must avoid biometric pass codes unfortunately. The problem here is that they are not comparing your fingerprints against evidence they have found. They are in effect forcing you to open a lock on their behalf. I don't have a problem with them having the right to search but I don't see why the target of the investigation should be forced to aid in that search. If they can break down a door to do a search (with a warrant) then have that right but I don't see why I should have to hand over the key to the house so to speak.

Comment Re:Maybe he writes from an Amarican POV (Score 2) 197

Are you stupid? It is called "zoning" and isn't oppressive. The reason for that is we the taxpayers need to subsidize these houses, which are playthings for hunters and rich city folk who want a vacation cabin. Who builds and maintains the roads, sewage (if it exists), electricity, water systems? This is VERY expensive. Libertarians are so dense. They have no clue the infrastructure needed to allow them to live in that "rural" cabin. Of course whenever there is a issue they call for help from the fire/police/medical.

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