nemo tenetur seipsum accusare^2

It didn’t even take a month.

The Registers reports about an animal rights activist who’s now asked to hand over her crypto-keys.

El Reg sums up the details:

An animal rights activist has been ordered to hand over her encryption keys to the authorities.

Section Three of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) came into force at the start in October 2007, seven years after the original legislation passed through parliament. Intended primarily to deal with terror suspects, it allows police to demand encryption keys or provide a clear text transcript of encrypted text.
[…] she has been given 12 days to hand over a pass-phrase to unlock encrypted data held on the drive – or face the consequences. [Failure to comply can result in up to two years imprisonment for cases not involving national security, or five years for terrorism offences and the like.]

So what do we have here?

A dodgy law which is meant for serious crimes and terrorists.
A women engaged in animals rights.

I can see the plot!

Evil trrrsts meetin animal-rights activists to blow up Downing Street.

Oh, you’ve got nothing to hide? Sure mate.

Some people pointed out that this silly law could be circumvented by technology based on plausible deniability and hard crypto – but still I say, it’s the law that’s flawed!


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