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Mac user went to prison for refusing to decrypt the contents of the hard disk

A Mac user from Philadelphia for 17 months in prison for refusing to provide passwords to decrypt two hard drives.

An ex-COP from Philadelphia Frances Rawls almost half a year in jail and likely to remain there for a long time, if you do not agree to provide access to the content withdrawn from it storage. The police suspect that he had stored photos, which contain scenes of sexual violence against children.

Tellingly, against the former law enforcement officer who has not been charged with possession of child pornography. Its fault lies in the disobedience to the court. Under U.S. law, Americans will be detained indefinitely until, until you obey the court’s request indicated in the order.

The case against Francis Rawls began in 2015, then the police seized from him two of the iPhone, a Mac Pro, external hard drive Western Digital My Book for Mac drive is a Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo and got a warrant for their content. However, all storage devices was encrypted using Apple FileVault, and the defendant refused to provide the necessary passwords.

Authorities got access to a Mac Pro with a key recovery with iPhone 5s, belonging to the detainee, but did not find anything suspicious. To explore the contents of hard disks encrypted with Apple FileVault, law enforcement officers failed.

The court ordered the suspect to provide access to the data, however, Francis Rawls stated that he had forgotten the security key, and also invoked his right against self-incrimination. However, some of the evidence against him still: his sister said that he saw on his computer images of child pornography.

Authorities are seeking a suspect from the password to decrypt the hard drives on the basis of the law “About all the claims and the rulings by the courts” (All Writs Act) of 1789. That is the law of the United States Department of justice tried to apply to Apple in the iPhone unlock terrorist from San Bernardino.

According to counsel Rawls, the authorities violate the Fifth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to which a person accused of committing a crime shall not be compelled to testify against himself. However, the court decided to leave Francis Rawls in prison until he agrees to give access to the contents of hard drives.

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