UK law says provide key to encrypted data or go to jail
Lose your encryption key? Up to five years in jail for child porn or terrorism, two for other crimes.
So says the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 as pointed out by Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. Using the typical scare tactics to cancel rights (terrorism, child porn, file sharing, and organized crime), the UK now can send you to jail if you can't decrypt what they think is encrypted.
Files that look encrypted, such as radio telescope noise, can land you in jail. Falkvinge takes the next step, admittedly tenuous, that if the UK police really want you jailed, they can demand you decrypt files hidden using Stenography inside your vacation photos. Can't do it? Off to jail.
Worst case scenario any police officer who decides to lean on you can easily threaten you with a fairly reasonable chance of being sent to jail for refusing to “decrypt” what is, in essence, nothing more than a corrupt file or white noise.
Scary Devil Monastery on falkvinge.net
The law is enforceable against anyone the law wants intimidated or detained.
ChrisB on falkvinge.net
Damn, the UK is pretty f'ed up - the list of things that British citizens can't enjoy compared to a lot of other countries (even developing ones) is growing every day.
jakeonthemove on news.ycombinator.com
While the police can lock you up if they can persuade a judge [s49(2)] to grant an order under this law (which requires the judge to have reasonable belief), that’s only pre-trial detention (so usual laws about bail, Article 6 ECHR etc. come into play – although these are pretty ludicrous in the UK anyway).
Duke on falkvinge.net
When do you think this law will be folded into the Patriot Act in the US: A) next year B) within 5 years C) never.