surrendering one's passphrase to authorities

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Mar 4 00:26:21 CET 2009

Joseph Oreste Bruni wrote:
> it's obvious that law enforcement (at this level) does
> not have the ability to brute-force crack PGP encrypted data.

That capability would literally be worth people's lives.  It makes no
sense to think that they would reveal that capability just to bag a
run-of-the-mill child porn aficionado.

It seems rash to draw that conclusion from the offered data.

> Apparently the issue has not yet been settled in the US. How are other
> countries' courts handling this?

For the UK, I believe the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
is still in effect.  Quite a ghastly bill, really.

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