Well..... this was certainly a day for privacy related cases. Here's some bad news from Colorado. Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops The judge ruled that the Fifth Amendment isn't a barrier to a decryption order. The good news (such that it is) is that the requirement that the defendant decrypt the files is a criminal case and the defendant has actually been charged with a crime. This is not just a random search case, where law enforcement went fishing, hoping to find something. This isn't a Supreme Court case, and other cases have ruled the other way (see article for details). But -- if the Supreme Court upholds this ruling I could see TSA and others try to push the envelope and try to force people to decrypt what's on their computers during a 'routine' search. Grrrr.