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Posted on January 10th, 2012 in Legal

In an interesting call on one’s Fifth amendment right, a judge orders a woman to decrypt her laptop by giving up her password. The woman’s lawyer argues that this is in direct violation of her fifth amendment right as she may be incriminating herself by giving up the password. What’s even more interesting are the comparisons to requirements by individuals to produce keys to safes, but not combinations as a combination is in one’s mind rather than something physical. One wonders whether or not an appeal would make it to the Supreme Court as the case could set a new precedent.