English 19-year-old jailed for refusal to disclose decryption key

Jerry Leichter leichter at lrw.com
Thu Oct 7 12:05:09 EDT 2010

On Oct 7, 2010, at 4:14 AM, Christoph Gruber <grisu at guru.at> wrote:
>>> a 19-year-old just got a 16-month jail sentence for his refusal to
>>> disclose the password that would have allowed investigators to see
>>> what was on his hard drive.
> What about http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=plausible-deniability
> Could this be used?
Sure. And the technology used would have no effect on the standard used in court:  Is there sufficient convincing evidence that there's data there to decrypt (e.g., you used the system in the last day to send a message based on the kind of information sought)?  If so, decrypt or go to jail.  "Beyond a reasonable doubt" isn't the standard for everything, and even of it were, it's as understood by a judge or jury, not a logician. 
                                         -- Jerry

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