Will encrypting incriminating documents allow me to escape conviction if the time to break the encryption is longer then the statute of limitations?
February 19, 2006 9:02 PM Subscribe
Let's say I have a document on my computer that incriminates/implicates me in a crime. Let's say I encrypt it, and I conveniently forget the password or encryption key that was used to encrypt the file. Let's assume the police can break the encryption, but, the time needed to break the encryption is longer then the statute of limitations of the crime in question. What can they do to me? What can happen to me? (Besides possibly getting convicted of obstruction of justice or contempt of court for not divulging the encryption key?)
posted by yeoz to law & government (19 answers total)
I have no intention of committing any actual crimes. This question is purely hypothetical. Really, I'm just curious.