"A federal case that may have helped define constitutional law in the digital age turns not on the defendant’s rights in regard to her encryption password, but on the fact that evidence clearly showed she owned a laptop in question and had access to its contents.
In what was thought to be a precedent setting case in the digital age, a federal judge ruled Monday that a woman arrested in a mortgage scam must give authorities access to her encrypted hard drive.
The defendant, Ramona Fricosu, argued that exposing the contents of the hard drive by entering her password and decrypting the files would violate her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. . . . (read more)