posted on Jun, 4 2013 @ 08:20 PM
Originally posted by davespanners
reply to post by smyleegrl
I think the issue isn't that the police need permission to unencrypt the file but rather that i would take an inordinate amount of time and resources
for them to be able to decrypt it at all.
So rather than a filing cabinet imagine an impenetrable safe with a 3000000000 number combination lock and you will be sent to jail if you refuse to
tell the police the combination
A similar thing has already happened in the UK
A teenage takeaway worker has been jailed for four months for refusing to give child protection police the password to his computer.
Oliver Drage was originally arrested in May last year by a team of officers from Blackpool tackling child sexual exploitation.
The 19-year-old's computer was seized but officers could not access material stored on it as it was protected by a sophisticated 50-character
^ this sums it up ^
I am an IT technician so perhaps i will give my 2cents.......
one of two things are true.... the encryption is such that either it cannot be broken with out an outragous expense to the prosecution on the hunch it
can even be broken
the prosecution is lazy would would rather force him to do it himself. I dont believe the issue stands with the encryption so much...
(with enough time, money, and brains you can decrypt, dare i say, all consumer grade encryptions)
But rather the state trying to force someone to self encriminate. if they can set the president with child porn they could do the same with say...
political activities (look at recent IRS scandal) or any activity that at some point is deemed unlawful or in poor taste by those who rule us.
that being said...... i am in no way defending him.. but i know enough about technology given my profession to say that forcing him to do the
encryption shows they either want to set the bar for the future or believe themselves incapable of doing it.
edit on 4-6-2013 by akira131
because: (no reason given)
If i were on their tech team i would be foaming at the mouth for the chance to crack his bs encryption and put the scum bag away (should he be guilty)
myself. a great deal of satisfaction would come from that. the latter just seems to me to be like holding a gun to someones head to get them to do
what you are not capable of doing.
edit on 4-6-2013 by akira131 because: cuz i keep thinking of more to say... maybe more like .25 cents rather
than just 2