Saturday, July 2, 2011

Electronic Devices - Know Your Rights!

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

The EFF has put together a simple Q&A guide to help you know your rights regarding the data stored in electronic devices. In my opinion, this is the most important thing to remember:

Q: If the police ask for my encryption keys or passwords, do I have to turn them over? A: No. The police can't force you to divulge anything. However, a judge or a grand jury may be able to. The Fifth Amendment protects you from being forced to give the government self-incriminating testimony. If turning over an encryption key or password triggers this right, not even a court can force you to divulge the information.

You can probably protect your rights best if you observe your right to remain silent, protect your electronic devices with passwords and refuse to provide passwords if asked to do so.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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