The FBI agents seized two laptops and five external hard drives from a man they were investigating but were unable to access encrypted data they believed was stored on the devices via an encryption program called TrueCrypt.

San Francisco – A federal appeals court has found a Florida man’s constitutional rights were violated when he was imprisoned for refusing to decrypt data on several devices. This is the first time an appellate court has ruled the 5th Amendment protects against forced decryption – a major victory for constitutional rights in the digital age.

12 comments on “The FBI agents seized two laptops and five external hard drives from a man they were investigating but were unable to access encrypted data they believed was stored on the devices via an encryption program called TrueCrypt.
  1. gold bullet says:

    Thank fuck that at least one court and its judges in Disnazi Land are sane enough not to allow such a blatant violation of the 5th Amendment.

  2. Jayme says:

    I’m not affiliated but it looks like an open source software package worth donating to …

    http://www.truecrypt.org/

  3. Catfish says:

    This guy forgot the most useful phrase for deflecting self-incrimination: “I don’t recall.” Works for the banksters!

    I use TrueCrypt, nice to know it apparently works well.

  4. TrueCrypt really does have has the best encryption…I encrypted a USB stick with Truecrypt and then lost my entire backups…it was hidden so well because I forgot my password, and there is absolutely no way to crack the encryption using another tool.

    Thanks Truecrypt- you owe me a 16GB USB stick !!!!

  5. Daniel S says:

    Not a victory. If it were a victory, it wouldn’t be reduced to a game. So long as it is a game, the wealthy have a profound advantage, as do psychopaths.

  6. TheGreek says:

    Jamie D’Mon recommends Truecrypt man!

    - “I use it for da porn man, Da banksta scheming, and Cousin Bernie’s sweet recipe for the Green Magic broda, ya know… ”

    CARRY ON CONSPIRACY THEORISTS:
    PSSst, have you considered that this is just a planted story to make you feel that your files are safe with Truecrypt!

  7. Jayme says:

    “Source Code
    The complete source code (in C, C++ and assembly) of the latest stable version of TrueCrypt.”

    If anyone is worried about the information encryption they should download and review the source code and compile it themselves.

  8. Jayme says:

    I like the fact that the TrueCrypt page does not use tracking cookies on it’s webpage. They don’t look like they have any stake in screwing people over. However, it would be good to know more about those maintaining the page and code.

  9. BladeMcCool says:

    ha ha ha. Got my truecrypt, got my bitcoins. this post-national crypto-anarchy is fun. its even more fun watching the little nation states act as if nothing has changed. they dont realize they are finished along with the central banks and that we now live in a different era. Gold is the world reserve currency, Bitcoin is the world defacto means of exchange and there is plenty of room for innovation. Now all we gotta do is keep working together to keep our internet running smoothly. Keep the coal deliveries coming to the power plants so we can keep the link lights on.

  10. Andy B says:

    Oh, we do have a constitution still, huh?

    Dead document shows signs of life.

  11. Helter Skelter says:

    @ TheGreek
    Every they tell you the opposite is true

  12. Bonn says:

    This CraZY !!!!!!!!!!

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