Tor operator raided in Finland

Niels Grewe niels.grewe at
Mon Jan 28 19:13:41 UTC 2008

On 28.01.2008 at 20:10 Matthew MacGregor wrote:

> I have no knowledge of the fact, but is there not some provision in  
> the laws of any countries with these crypto laws to deal with the,  
> "I forgot" defense. Because I can see every single person being  
> asked for their passphrase to use this defense. Hell, I know I  
> would...

Well, the British government passed a law last year threatening 5  
years of jail if you do not disclose your keys/passphrases to unlock  
these [0]. One could argue that by "forgetting" your passphrase you  
actually fail to disclose it. On the other hand an US court recently  
ruled that your password acually is protected by the 5th amendment  
[1], but I believe the US govt is challenging this decision. Anyways  
-- if you decide to "forget" your passphrase, I'd guess that you're at  
least in danger of being held in contempt of court (but IANAL,  



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