UK Ruling Says Authorities Can Force You To Hand Over Your Encryption Key

from the self-incrimination-means-different-things-across-the-pond dept

A year ago, there was a legal ruling in the US that said an individual could not be forced to hand over their encryption key to encrypted data on a computer, since it violates the 5th amendment against self-incrimination. Over in the UK, they apparently also have protections against self-incrimination, but apparently it doesn't cover handing over your encryption key (thanks to JJ for sending over the link). Basically, the ruling is pretty close to the opposite of the US ruling. Basically, it found that an encryption key isn't speech but an independent "thing" that can be required to be turned over to authorities.
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    Jess, 17 Oct 2008 @ 1:23am

    Political Rhetoric==Bullshit

    I am getting sick and tired of political rhetoric from both of the leading candidates and their brain-washed flunkies. Obama keeps on promising change, yet, he has not authored a bill in his entire term and has followed the political mass that is the democratic party blindly and chosen a running mate that has very much resisted any change that doesn't benefit him directly.

    McCain has a political "wild" streak that seems very much calculated and has gone against his constituents wishes on several matters, which is not what I want to see in a president of mine.

    So basically we are being forced to choose between a man who blindly follows the lead of his fellow party members and a man who has lost touch with the people he represents. A man who only promises a changing of the guard or a man who will be hamstrung by his association with the current president.

    If it were just that I wouldn't vote. But, it seems that the press seems to adore Obama and hates McCain with a passion. That makes my decision easy. They call themselves the voice of the people, yet they try to silence those whose words are contrary to theirs. Screw the press. I guess I'm voting for McCain.

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