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Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode

Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode

June 05, 2017Wang Wei
Remember Ramona Fricosu ? A Colorado woman was ordered to unlock her encrypted Toshiba laptop while the FBI was investigating alleged mortgage fraud in 2012, but she declined to decrypt the laptop saying that she did not remember the password. Later the United States 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. Forgetting passwords for your electronic devices could be a smart move to avoid complying with a court order, but not every time, as US judges have different opinions on how to punish those who do not compel the order to unlock their phones. On a single day last week, one defendant got six months jail for allegedly refusing to reveal his iPhone passcode, while a second defendant walks through after he claimed he forgot his passcode. A Florida circuit court judge ruled last week that child abuse defendant Christopher
FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"

FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"

March 02, 2016Swati Khandelwal
What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code? Exactly this was what FBI Director James Comey asked in the congressional hearing on Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" over the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI ended up being full of drama. The key to the dispute is whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can force Apple to develop a special version of its mobile operating system that would help the agency unlock an iPhone  belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook . FBI Director James Comey was there with a prepared testimony about why the FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor into the killer's iPhone. Comey: Encryption is a Long-Term Threat to Law Enforcement Yesterday, a New York magistrate judge refused a similar order in a drug case in which the authorities asked Apple to help with the data stored in an
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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