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March 22, 2016


Brett Eldridge

In terms of your closing comment about judge issuing a warrant and searching your house, note that they cannot force you to give up a password used to encrypt data. That is considered self incrimination.

Interesting enough, I did read about a case whereby somebody was forced to give up a fingerprint to unlock an iPhone because it wasn't considered something he "knew" and was therefore not self incrimination.


While I have some pretty good passwords, I doubt they would slow the authorities. Of additional interest is that the use by terrorists of Apple equipment including Macs is not something new. Because Macs were different and came with the ability to encrypt data long ago, they were favorites of both the good guys and the bad guys. I still remember the panic at Apple corporate when a picture of a training camp for terrorists surfaced. It was complete with a lab of Macs.

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