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Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop

In an abrupt reversal, U.S. District Judge William Sessions in Vermont ruled that Sebastien Boucher, who a border guard claims had child porn on his Alienware laptop, does not have a Fifth Amendment right to keep the files encrypted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are using a child porn case to set a precedent that the Fifth Amendment should not apply to encryption on a laptop, but the real danger here is that if you can be ordered to allow the government to snoop your files that they will use those files for their own enrichment.

This is not idle speculation. It has happened already many times. The APEC conference in Seattle some years back was rocked by revelations that US Intelligence agencies were stealing business secrets from conference attendees to give to US executives. FBI agents have been arrested for insider trading using information gleaned from suspects' computer files.

My own laptop (the replacement for the one dropped and ruined by the TSA bozos at the airport) contains information belonging to my clients; information that could be sold for a price to rivals or fan magazines. I need to protect that from the feds so that it does not get out.

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