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DOJ takes swipe at EFF over encryption passphrases

Federal prosecutors say guide prepared by Electronic Frontier Foundation buttresses their position on whether Americans can be forced to divulge their passphrases.

By July 22, 2011


Feds appeal loss in PGP compelled-passphrase case

A magistrate judge has ruled that, thanks to the Fifth Amendment, a criminal defendant cannot be compelled to divulge his PGP passphrase. The U.S. Justice Department is appealing.

By January 18, 2008


DOJ: No comment on forcing encryption passphrases

A recent federal judge rejected the Department of Justice's request to force a defendant to cough up his PGP passphrase. We were unsuccessful in getting the agency to elaborate.

By December 18, 2007


Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase

In what could potentially be a landmark Vermont case, judge says thanks to the Fifth Amendment, a child pornography defendant doesn't need to turn over his laptop's PGP passphrase.

By December 14, 2007


How to master the art of passwords

With no easy and reliable alternative to passwords in sight, you either have to memorize cryptic passphrases or use a password manager to access networks, systems, and online services.

By December 24, 2011


Feds seek new ways to bypass encryption

The Secret Service reports that gleaning Web passwords can help it crack encrypted files and hard drives, while the Justice Department says suspects can't be forced to divulge passphrases.

By February 23, 2011


Six ways Apple can fix what's 'broken' about the iPhone

An iPhone 6 announcement is imminent. Here's what I want from Apple's next handset.

By April 18, 2014


Note to self: Encrypt data, memorize password

Court rules that prosecutors can't force people to decrypt data that could potentially be used against them.

By February 24, 2012


Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops

Colorado federal judge gives Ramona Fricosu until February 21 to decrypt her PGP Desktop-encrypted Toshiba laptop--or face the consequences.

By January 23, 2012


Judge: Child porn suspect doesn't need to decrypt files

Earlier court order requiring a Wisconsin suspect in underage porn case to decrypt his hard drives for the FBI by the end of the day Tuesday -- or face contempt of court -- has been lifted.

By June 4, 2013