Technology Today

Passwords and the Fifth Amendment

, New York Law Journal

Ken Strutin, director of legal information services at the New York State Defenders Association, writes that until recently, the Fifth Amendment provided guidance in responding to demands for keys to lock boxes and combinations for safes. Now suspects are being asked to disclose information that will access computer hard drives and open encrypted files. How far will the Constitution protect the right against self-incrimination in light of increasingly sophisticated means of securing computer contents?

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