A US judge rules the 5th amendment protects two defendants from revealing their passwords. Is your password safe from a government warrant or subpoena? Tom Merritt and Darren Kitchen discuss while Len Peralta illustrates the episode.
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One thought on “DTNS 2589 – You Go, Constitution!”
I’m writing in reply to your story on passwords being 5th amendment protected. With how popular fingerprint readers have become on cell phones, laptops, and even desktops it’s important to note that fingerprints are not protected by the 5th amendment. While they may be more secure for general protection, the courts have ordered people to unlock their phones using fingerprint readers. Only information that you know is protected. Anything that can be obtained physically, such as DNA or fingerprints, is not. A 4 digit pin is more secure in the court system than a fingerprint.
Here is a good article from Time magazine that discusses the legality of the issue.