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+ - Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can be Compelled to Decrypt Data 1

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Encryption software has been enjoying a prolonged day in the sun for about the last year. Thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA’s seemingly limitless capabilities, security experts have been pounding the drum about the importance of encrypting not just data in transit, but information stored on laptops, phones and portable drives. But the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court put a dent in that armor on Wednesday, ruling that a criminal defendant could be compelled to decrypt the contents of his laptops.

The case centers on a lawyer who was arrested in 2009 for allegedly participating in a mortgage fraud scheme. The defendant, Leon I. Gelfgatt, admitted to Massachusetts state police that he had done work with a company called Baylor Holdings and that he encrypted his communications and the hard drives of all of his computers. He said that he could decrypt the computers seized from his home, but refused to do so.

The MJSC, the highest court in Massachusetts, was considering the question of whether the act of entering the password to decrypt the contents of a computer was an act of self-incrimination, thereby violating Gelfgatt’s Fifth Amendment rights."
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can be Compelled to Decrypt Data

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  • So you can be locked away indefinitely for contempt of court if you refuse. And they don't have to prove that you remember the password, or that the data isn't simply corrupted rather than encrypted. There is no due process that warrants your imprisonment.

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