[clug-talk] OT:: DUI Cases Thrown Out Due to Closed-Source Breathalyzer
volvox at telusplanet.net
Sun Oct 16 21:39:39 PDT 2005
This is an interesting read from a number of standpoints.
BTW: This is from Bruce Schneier's latest monthly Crypto-Gram. (Well
worth signing up for if security is a topic of interest:
According to the article: "Hundreds of cases involving breath-alcohol
tests have been thrown out by Seminole County judges in the past five
months because the test's manufacturer will not disclose how the
This is the right decision. Throughout history, the government has had
to make the choice: prosecute, or keep your investigative methods
secret. They couldn't have both. If they wanted to keep their methods
secret, they had to give up on prosecution.
People have the right to confront their accuser. People have a right
to examine the evidence against them, and to context the validity of
that evidence. As more and more evidence is collected by software,
this means open-source equipment.
We are all safer because of this decision. (And its implications are
huge. Think of voting systems, for one.)
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