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Device and Account Searches
Nearly every case involves a cell phone or an online account. Laws on device and account searches are continuing to evolve, as courts reconsider old doctrines that do not fit with the realities of the digital age. Below, find sample motions on suppressing emails, passcodes, and other electronically stored information.
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Defending Device Decryption Cases
When law enforcement officers have a warrant to search a phone or digital device that they cannot access or decrypt, they may turn to the courts to compel the device’s purported owner to enter or produce the decryption key – typically a passcode, fingerprint, or faceprint. Case law on “compelled decryption” is sparse. Michael Price and Zach Simonetti address the technology behind encryption, describe the current state of the law, and suggest strategies for any lawyer seeking to challenge a compelled decryption order.