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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Existence of Encryption Program Found to be Relevant Evidence

A Minnesota appeals court ruled last month that the mere existence of the encryption program PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) was relevant to defendant Ari David Levie's prosecution for taking nude photographs of a 9-year old girl. Levie had alleged that evidence of his Internet usage and the presence of the encryption program was not relevant. The appeals court stated that the trial judge had held correctly when the evidence was allowed in and that they themselves found "that evidence of appellant's Internet use and the existence of an encryption program on his computer was at least somewhat relevant to the state's case against him."

Source: ZDNet

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