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New U.K. anti-terror law used to demand encryption keys

Posted by rjbiii on November 15, 2007

A law billed by the British government as a tool for fighting terrorism has been turned against an animal rights activist, who has been informed that she must provide encryption keys so that police may decrypt files on her computer. If she fails to comply, she could face two years in jail. The twist in this story is that she claims that she never stored any encrypted files on her computer:

The contentious measure, introduced after years of consultation, was sold to Parliament as a necessary tool for law enforcement in the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

But an animal rights activist is one of the first people at the receiving end of a notice to give up encryption keys. Her computer was seized by police in May, and she has been given 12 days to hand over a pass-phrase to unlock encrypted data held on the drive – or face the consequences.

The woman, who claims to have not used encryption, relates her experiences in an anonymous posting on Indymedia.

[HT: Slashdot]

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