The Bigger Your Hard Drive, The Longer You Wait For Trial?

from the details-please...? dept

The Inquirer is a bit short on details on this story, so perhaps someone here can fill us in. They seem to be saying, however, that police in the UK are justifying holding suspects in computer crime cases in jail for a period of 90 days because it takes longer to go through a hard drive than a stack of papers. As the Inq notes, as hard drives get bigger, does that mean the pre-trial time in jail gets longer? Even worse, now that so much is moving to network based storage, where the whole damn internet may be your "hard drive," can they just hold you indefinitely while they read everything online?

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    Andrew Fernie, 1 Nov 2005 @ 11:14am

    Re: 90 days while the police search a computer?

    Sounds like a simple solution doesn't it? The only problem is that under the provisions of the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Bill passed a few years back you are required by law to provide the Police with your PGP key if they obtain a warrant demanding it. Refuse, and they don't need to worry about keeping you in for 90 days as you've just handed yourself a jail sentence of up to 2 years.

    In case you were wondering... no, losing your key isn't a defence. Welcome to totalitarian Britain.

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