Can a Court Make You Give Up Your Password? That’s the controversial debate that’s shaping up in U.S. District Court in Colorado. Ramona Fricosu has been charged with bank fraud and the case seemingly hinges on an encrypted computer.
Prosecutors argue that Fricosu should have to decrypt the computer, essentially giving investigators access to whatever is behind password protection. Fricosu’s attorney says that’s a violation of her right to privacy and her right against self-incrimination as protected by the Bill of Rights.