Encryption passphrase protected under 5th amendment

This is kinda old news, but interesting anyway. According to this story, “A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can’t force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.”

For those of you that don’t remember, this part of the 5th amendment says, “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”

I guess I can change my encryption passphrase to something other than “I don’t know.” now.

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