The fact that this has even been proposed shows the total lack of basic internet awareness of the average UK politician. This in itself is somewhat worrying.
Living in the UK, I already know that my ISP cannot collect metadata from me because of my habitual use of a VPN service and TOR. Hell, I'm one of the good guys, don't they realise that the bad guys are going to hide themselves even more?
You say Have you watched any TV shows like "Law & Order"? If the real prosecutor is anything like the ones on the TV shows, then these kids were probably threatened with a jury trial where there would be the very real possibility of them going to jail for 20 years and being put on the sexual offender registry. Okay, sure, this probably won't happen, but why take the chance when they can get a punishment without jail time and without being put on the registry?
Um.. Your total legal experience is based on the fantasy of TV programmes?
Take a look back in time. Possibly WW2, when encrypted messages were vital and broadcast over short wave radio. These messages were encrypted by the the source. They did not rely on the medium over which they were sent to perform the encryption, so why the hell do governments assume that "terrorist" messages on the internet are sent in plain text, relying purely on the encryption provided?
Lets be fair. Sony have a reputation of having very poor IT security. They have been hacked so many times. They have also attempted to hack their own customers with disgraceful attempts to put easily discovered rootkits on their retail products.
What I do not understand is why the American government is making such a massive issue of this, when Sony is basically a Japanese company with an american subsidiary.
To see an unresisting man being strangled to death for the heinous crime of selling unlicensed cigarettes is bad enough, but for a company to take down the video on "copyright" grounds when it is clear that they cannot possibly have any rights at all here and are seeking only to "monetize" the sheer misery of this incident is outrageous. A word to Daily whatever.. the genie is out of the bottle, you cannot stop it. The video is available on line whether you like it or not