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.

(Via MIRLN)

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