UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
Posted Feb 15, 2006 19:07 UTC (Wed) by copsewood
In reply to: UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
Parent article: UK holds Microsoft security talks (BBC)
"Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which includes the handy provision that if you can't or won't come up with the encryption key when suitably
asked for it you can be jailed for that alone"
And I wrote to my MP before they passed this stating that there could be circumstances in which I would elect to go to jail over this. If a criminal used a public key I only use for signing important stuff (e.g. within a future community currency network entity certification chain) to send me something encrypted with this key and the government jailed me for not disclosing it, then I could only maintain the credibility of the CC network and the reputation of my key within this network by asking those with an interest in its legal continuation to carry out acts of civil disobedience aimed at disrupting the process of UK government until my release. My signature is worthless in this connection if the government can forge it by this means.
There has been no test case yet where anyone has been jailed over this provision, and it seems unlikely that this provision would survive a sustained campaign by 1000 determined activists.
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