Two convicted in U.K. for refusal to decrypt data

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Thu Aug 13 15:41:37 CEST 2009

If you're in control of the computer the files reside on, and were in control of it when the files were created and last accessed, the chances that you *don't* know the key for the encryption is so slim as to be nonexistant.




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> Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:30:01 +0100
> From: dave.smith at
> To: gnupg-users at
> Subject: Re: Two convicted in U.K. for refusal to decrypt data
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 06:59:55AM -0400, Charly Avital wrote:
> > Faramir wrote the following on 8/13/09 3:32 AM:
> > > Unfortunately, it is not unusual people forgets the passphrases used
> > > to protect files, or secret keys...
> > 
> > "Two people have been successfully prosecuted for *refusing* to provide
> > U.K......."
> You are, of course, assuming that the reporting is correct in its
> implication that the defendants either admitted to having access to the
> keys, or that it has been proven that they do have the keys.
> I remember a lot of discussion at the time that the RIP bill was being
> pushed through about the difficulty of proving that you don't have
> access to a particular piece of information.
> The RIPA is a particularly nasty piece of legislation in this respect.
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