US Suspects Now Have to Produce Cleared Contents of Encrypted Mobile Messaging Systems

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A US district court has ruled in US v Spencer that going forward, government agencies can force suspects to produce the cleared or deleted contents of their encrypted electronic devices without breaching the 5th Amendment’s protection against compulsory self-incrimination.

The court accepted that the defendant’s ability to decrypt the device at issue of the case was a ‘foregone conclusion’ according to government evidence, although suspects do not have to reveal the devices’ passwords.