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

michael GRIFFITHS Michael.GRIFFITHS at
Thu Aug 13 15:34:32 CEST 2009

Yes, and I'm sure that the government's (in any country) will word these
cases in there own favour and make anyone who uses this technology look
like the bad guys


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Sent: 13 August 2009 14:30
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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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