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Daily Dashboard | Forced smartphone entry up for debate in Indiana Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 1 March 2024




The right for the state government to gain entry into a smartphone for law enforcement investigations will be decided by Indiana's Supreme Court, Bloomberg Law reports. Indiana's highest court will hear arguments in Seo v. State, which questions whether the forced entry into a phone violates the right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment. An Indiana lower court found Katelin Seo in contempt after refusing to unlock her phone for authorities, even after law enforcement obtained a warrant for the request. Seo had her contempt charge reversed by split decision in an appeals court, despite the state's argument that the warrant did not compel her to reveal the phone's passcode, but instead asked her to create ease of access for authorities.
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