United States v. Fricosu
|United States v. Fricosu|
|United States District Court for the District of Colorado|
|Full case name||United States of America v. Ramona Camelia Fricosu, a.k.a. Ramona Smith|
|Citations||United States v. Fricosu, No. 10-cr-00509-REB-02.|
|Judge sitting||Robert E. Blackburn|
United States v. Fricosu, No. 10-cr-00509-REB-02, is a federal criminal case in Colorado that addressed whether a person can be compelled to reveal his or her encryption passphrase or password, despite the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. On January 23, 2012, judge Robert E. Blackburn held that under the All Writs Act, Fricosu is required to produce an unencrypted hard drive.
Fricosu's attorney claimed it was possible she didn't remember the password. A month later, Fricosu's ex-husband handed the police a list of potential passwords. One of the passwords worked, rendering the self-incrimination issue moot.
Fricosu subsequently entered a plea agreement in 2013, meaning that the question of a defendant's right to resist mandatory decryption will not be addressed by a higher court until such time as a future case addressing the same issue arises.
- Ingold, John (January 4, 2012). "Password case reframes Fifth Amendment rights in context of digital world". Denver Post.
- Wired http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/01/decrypt.pdf
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- Ingold, John. "Feds unlock suspect's computer without her help". Wired.
- McGregor, Nathan K. (2010). "The Weak Protection of Strong Encryption: Passwords, Privacy, and Fifth Amendment Privilege". Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 12 (3): 581–609.
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