Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Deadline Looms for Suspect to Decrypt Laptop, or Go Directly to Jail

Deadline Looms for Suspect to Decrypt Laptop, or Go Directly to Jail 

If a judge orders you to decrypt the only existing copies of incriminating files, are your constitutional rights against compelled self-incrimination being violated?

That’s the provocative question being raised as a Wisconsin man faces a deadline today either to give up his encryption keys or risk indefinite imprisonment without a trial. The defendant’s attorney, Robin Shellow of Milwaukee, said it’s “one of the most important constitutional issues of the wired era.”