English 19-year-old jailed for refusal to disclose decryption key

Joss Wright joss at pseudonymity.net
Wed Oct 6 18:55:30 EDT 2010

On 06/10/10 19:57, Ray Dillinger wrote:
> a 19-year-old just got a 16-month jail sentence for his refusal to 
> disclose the password that would have allowed investigators to see 
> what was on his hard drive.  

Just to correct this: the sentence was 16 weeks, not 16 months.

The legislation in question is the Regulation of Investigatory Powers
Act of 2000 (RIPA), part III of which has been in force in the UK since
2007. This allows for a maximum sentence of two years for refusing a
request that encrypted data be "put into an intelligible form".

Reference here: http://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/RIP_Act_Part_III


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