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Child Porn Suspect Held in Jail for 7 Months for refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

Child Porn Suspect Held in Jail for 7 Months for refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

April 28, 2016Swati Khandelwal
In Brief A suspect of child pornography possession, Francis Rawls, who is a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has been in solitary confinement without charges for last seven months and will remain until he complies with a court order forcing him to decrypt his password-protected hard drives seized in connection with a child pornography investigation. Remember Ramona Fricosu? In 2012, a Colorado woman was ordered to unlock her laptop while investigating financial fraud, but she refused to unlock it saying that she did not remember the password. Later the US Court ruled that Police can force defendants to decrypt their electronic devices, of course, as it does not violate the Fifth Amendment that prevents any citizen from having to incriminate themselves. Forget the password? It might be a smart way to avoid complying with a court order, but not every time. A Philadelphia man has been in jail for seven months and counting after being refused to comply with a c
Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights

Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights

September 26, 2015Khyati Jain
Can the Cops can make you unlock your iPhone? ... " NO " According to a recent Federal Court’s ruling, it is not okay for police to force suspects to unlock their phones with a passcode. And, doing so would be a violation of your Fifth Amendment Rights in the US Constitution. The ruling came as the conclusion of a case , where Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Bonan Huang and Nan Huang for conducting illegal Insider Trading. As a result of which, the investigating agencies cannot question the suspects for giving out their smartphone passcodes or any form of encryption passwords or even their existence on the suspect's device. They are said to have used their positions as data analysts at Capital One Bank ( credit card issuing Bank) . The bank gave each of them a mobile phone, allowing them to use a passcode of their choice. Huang’s left Capital One and submitted the mobile phones to the bank, the bank then gave the mobil
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