article about Air Gapped OpenPGP Key

Leo Gaspard ekleog at
Tue Nov 19 23:19:29 CET 2013

On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 09:06:18PM +0100, Johan Wevers wrote:
> On 19-11-2013 7:07, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> > Even then, scrubbing data is usually a sign you've misunderstood the
> > problem you're trying to solve.  If you're concerned about sensitive
> > data lurking on your hard drive the solution isn't to scrub the drive,
> > it's to use an encrypted filesystem.
> That depends on your threat model. If you fear juridical problems (say,
> for example, some encrypted mails have been intercepted by the police
> but they can't decrypt them), destroying the key will prevent you from
> having to hand it over. In some jurisdictions this may be seen as
> "contempt of court", and even be punishable, but in most EU countries
> you're safe when you do this.

Especially knowing in most EU countries judges are not allowed to force you to
hand over your secret key, only to decrypt specific messages for them. (Don't
remember where I read that.)

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