article about Air Gapped OpenPGP Key

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Nov 20 01:31:02 CET 2013

On 11/19/2013 6:03 PM, Chris De Young wrote:
> I'd be surprised if this gets you very far in a US court.

Depends on when you did it and why.  Many businesses have document
retention policies (crafted with the assistance of counsel) that specify
old documents are to be put beyond recovery, and scrapping a crypto key
is generally seen as more cost-effective than shipping the drive off to
be shredded.  IronMountain charges $X per drive, but wiping a crypto key
is effectively free.

If you do this in response to an investigation then yes, you're likely
going to make the judge very unhappy.  If you do this as part of normal
business practices that were devised with the assistance of counsel,
you're likely to fare much better.

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