Google protects the pimps, and you

WSJ reporting (Google paywall link):

Google Inc. earlier this year refused to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone powered by its Android software—even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant.

Good for Google for pushing back on the police to make them do their jobs.  This isn’t about Google refusing to turn over data properly subpoenaed – this is the police asking for the password to someone’s phone, so that they could review its contents in violation of his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.  That is, the police are free to hack the contents of a smartphone, but a subject has no duty to help them do it.

You may not care about the pimp, but you will definitely care when it is your password that law enforcement wants.


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