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Re: How long before NIPC decides we need one of these?

  • From: Chris Adams
  • Date: Mon May 01 01:34:55 2000

On 04/30/00 10:14:22 PM [email protected] wrote:

>On Sun, 30 Apr 2000, John Fraizer wrote:
>> PGP is your friend.
>> On Sun, 30 Apr 2000, Roland Dobbins wrote:
>> >
> The new spy centre will decode messages that have
> been encrypted. Under new powers due to come into
> force this summer, police will be able to require
> individuals and companies to hand over computer
> "keys", special codes that unlock scrambled messages.
>Sorry officer...I can't seem to remember my passphrase :)
>I wonder if this will prompt people who care in the UK to frequently
>revoke/destroy/recreate their PGP keys.  Otherwise, if forced to hand over
>your private key, they can read any old message they've archived on you.

Actually, it's worse. If you don't turn over the key when asked, you get 2 
years of jail time. If you can't prove you don't have the key, you're 
considered guilty. If you publically mention these events, you can be jailed 
for 5 more years.