ref date:29 Jul 1999 (WBA)
ENCRYPT ALL YOUR MAIL LONDON SPIES WATCH YOU
Labour promised more open government IT LIED. AGAIN.
HERE'S WHERE LONDON TRIES TO STRIP YOU OF YOU BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO PRIVACY
See these sites for encryption products
To encrypt your mail and files
To encrypt you internet connections
You have every right to your privacy.
tell Blair just where he can stick his two years in jail for
you being able to keep your private lives private from electronic
snooping by Whitehall lackies
THERE IS LITTLE DEMOCRACY LEFT IN THE SO CALLED "UK"
CNN U.S.A. 29/July reported
LONDON (IDG) -- Encryption users
could face up to two years in prison
for refusing to hand over the keys to
their code, according to Britain's
proposed Electronic Communications
The bill is causing concern among
privacy advocates and opposition
parties, who say the bill gives law
enforcement wide-reaching power over
private Internet communications.
Most aggravating, the bill calls for a
possible two years in prison for
anyone refusing to turn over the
encryption key or the message in
plain text to law-enforcement officials.
It also calls for a five-year prison term
for tipping off senders that they are
being investigated, according to
Caspar Bowden, director of the
London-based Foundation for
Information Policy Research.
Even discussing an investigation in public, such as complaining about alleged
abuses of law enforcement to the media, may also be punishable by
imprisonment, said Bowden. "Let's say that someone under investigation sends
me a message with encryption that can only be decrypted by the receiver. The
authorities come to me and tell me that they are investigating someone, but
won't tell me who, so they ask for all my private keys," Bowden said. Refusing
this request from the authorities could get him two years in prison, said
In such a case, the authorities would have all of Bowden's private keys,
enabling law enforcement to read all encrypted correspondence that was sent
to him. Bowden would then have no choice, he said, because by informing
anyone of this, and asking them to change their key, he would break the
"tipping off" clause of the bill and in turn and face five years imprisonment.
"I can't complain to the newspaper, otherwise
it's five years in jail. All I can do is go to a
secret tribunal," Bowden said. He's not joking:
The tribunal is five judges, only two have to
participate, and only one has to lay the
groundwork, he added.