US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

“The US government is fighting to keep a former police officer in prison because he claims not to be able to remember the code to decrypt two hard drives under investigation.  The ex-cop has twice appealed the decision to detain him, once in federal court and once in the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals. His lawyers argue that holding him breaches his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself.  The government is also arguing that, as Rawls didn’t use his Fifth Amendment rights in his initial appeal he can’t try to use that defense now.”

Read more: https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2017/08/30/ex_cop_jailed_for_not_decrypting_data/

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