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

Harry RIckards hrickards at
Fri Aug 14 17:09:35 CEST 2009

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Brian Mearns wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM, Joseph Oreste Bruni<jbruni at> wrote:
> [clip]
>> Not entirely on topic, but for those using GnuPG (or other encryption
>> software), you should always keep abreast of the encryption laws of your
>> country.
> [clip]
> Has everyone seen the "Vanish" project from University of Washington?
> If you haven't you should really give their paper a read, it's pretty
> interesting. The basic idea is that the key is random, and no-one
> actually needs to "know" it: it's broken up using secret sharing and
> dsitributed through a peer-to-peer network. The recipient can retrieve
> the shares and reconstruct the key for a one-time decryption, but over
> time, the shares should naturally leave the network and eventually the
> key is lost completely.
> I have my doubts, but I'm open to the possibility that it could work,
> and I'm very interested to see how law-enforcement will respond if it
> does. Will they force all p2p nodes to log everything, try to monitor
> networks themselves, or just plain make the system illegal?

If I remember correctly, wasn't something like this on Slashdot recently
(or was it Vanish)?

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