Lavabit Must Hand Over Encryption Key, 4th Circ. Told

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 10:05 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice shot back at a secure email provider's attempt to block the government from obtaining a private encryption key to access data believed to belong to Edward Snowden, telling the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday that companies have the obligation to “unlock the front door.”

The government contended that Lavabit LLC and its owner, Ladar Levison, had no grounds for challenging a contempt-of-court ruling issued by a district judge in August for resisting a government subpoena and search warrant seeking the company's private...
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