But civil libertarians and information-freedom advocates say this flouts the Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans against unwillingly incriminating themselves. http://www.popsci.com/node/60141/?cmpid=enews012612&spPodID=020 I'm conflicted over this issue. To me it doesn't look much different from a judge issuing a search warrant to a house or other locked facility. However if the owner doesn't unlock it they just break in anyway. But with encrypted data, there's a good chance they can't or won't be able to break it open. So they want to apply legal pressure to force disclosure. I'm not going to start a poll, but I'm thinking the forum will be split on this issue, with maybe the edge going towards not letting the government be allowed to force access to encrypted data.