Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Long(er) arm of the law

In a chilling reminder of how liberalism is dying in the West, the law in the UK requiring that people hand over the decryption keys for encrypted data in their possession has been enforced as reported here by the BBC.

Even more frightening is:

...the authorities can also issue a Section 54 notice that prevents a person revealing that they are subject to this part of RIPA.

While I do understand the need to fight terrorism etc., we cannot compromise our core values in doing so otherwise what is the point? This is a grave step backwards.

In another alarming piece of news, Germany has recently brought into law the Data Retention Directive voted in by the EU parliament. Was Orwell just a little to early?

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