Court Hinges Privacy Rights on Smartphone Settings

In Analysis by Michael Rae

“Yes, compelling someone to reveal information on how to decrypt data is compelling testimony from that person. But obtaining information from a person’s mind is not what happens when agents pick a finger to apply to the sensor.”
—Judge Edmond E. Chang, qtd. in In re A white Google Pixel

2019 began with digital privacy activists rejoicing an apparent victory with a decision handed down by the United States District Court of Northern California. The case concerned whether or not law enforcement had the authority to compel a person to unlock a seized phone.
Police had applied for a search and seizure warrant

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