[NetBehaviour] UK appeals court rejects encryption key disclosure defense.
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Fri Oct 17 11:33:47 CEST 2008
UK appeals court rejects encryption key disclosure defense.
Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the
data it unlocks will incriminate them, a British appeals court has
ruled. The case marked an interesting challenge to the UK's Regulation
of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which in part compels someone
served under the act to divulge an encryption key used to scramble
data on a PC's hard drive. The appeals court heard a case in which two
suspects refused to give up encryption keys, arguing that
disclosure was incompatible with the privilege against self
incrimination. In its ruling, the appeals court said an encryption key
is no different than a physical key and exists separately from a
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