Two convicted in U.K. for refusal to decrypt data
iainr at inf.ed.ac.uk
Thu Aug 13 15:44:44 CEST 2009
David SMITH wrote:
> 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
> 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.
I've often wondered what the situation would be if you'd set your
"go and F**k yourself"
and were then required to provide it under the RIP bill.
At the very least it would make for a very entertaining interview.
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