The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a court order compelling a child pornography suspect to decrypt his laptop and hard drives did not violate his right against self-incrimination.
The appeals court decision affirmed a civil contempt order against a John Doe defendant, who refused to provide law enforcement with passwords to some of his devices while doing so for others. According to the court’s ruling, law enforcement found thousands of child pornography images on the decrypted devices.
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