The legal system is still catching up to the digital age. Can police force you to hand over your password to open your phone?
A Hollywood man was sentenced this week to 180 days in jail for refusing to hand over his iPhone password to police. On Thursday’s “Pat & Stu,” Jason Buttrill talked about security and your rights when it comes to sharing your password with the police.
“This is a slippery, slippery slope in my opinion,” Jason said.
Smartphones have been the subject of multiple court cases, including when Apple went head-to-head with the FBI over whether the company would work to unlock a terrorist shooter’s iPhone. After Apple refused to create an update that would make it easier to open the iPhone, the FBI paid $900,000 to a hacker to open Syed Farook’s phone.
Jason reminded the audience that it is your right to remain silent until you speak to a lawyer, whether or not you’ve done anything wrong.
“Did you not watch ‘Better Call Saul’?” he asked. “You need to lawyer up.”