[cryptography] US Appeals Court upholds right not to decrypt a drive

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Fri Feb 24 14:30:57 EST 2012


Bottom line is that the suspect was OK because kept his mouth zippered, 
neither admitting nor denying any knowledge of the encrypted partition.

Had he admitted control of the partition, *then* they would have been 
able to compel production of the key.

The court did not concede any right to refuse to decrypt a drive if you 
admit possession of the contents.

So:  Don't talk to police about the contents of your drive, or indeed 
anything of which they might potentially disapprove.



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