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The case for asking the Supreme Court whether cops can make you unlock your phone.

Hot off a recent Utah Supreme Court decision, legal blogger Orin Kerr lays out the legal conundrum around whether you can be legally compelled to provide a passcode or password (and how that’s actually slightly different from, but closely related to, having to unlock your phone):

The lower court caselaw is a total mess. No one can say what the law is. And I’ve been waiting for a case to come down that might be a good candidate for U.S. Supreme Court review to clear up the mess.

Here’s a possibility: The Utah Supreme Court’s ruling today in State v. Valdez.