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Re: A Question to people from UK

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Dave Page @ 2008/04/18 06:19:
> On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 03:11:52PM +0200, Hans Schnehl wrote:
>> I was told in the UK you are obliged to deliver your private gpg/pgp
>> keys to the authorities as soon as you use one of these programs for
>> yourself. 
> [snip]
>> I hope this is a hoax, but just for informational reasons it would be nice if
>> someone with the appropriate knowledge could clarify this.
> This isn't anything I'm aware of in UK law, and I'm pretty sure I would
> have heard about it if it were.
> The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 details the
> powers the police have to demand decrypts and keys. You can read more
> about it at
> http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/ripa/publication-search/ripa-cop/electronic-information
> Dave

you may want to check [1] back from may 2006.  "Part 3 of RIPA gives the
police powers to order the disclosure of encryption keys, or force
suspects to decrypt encrypted data.  Anyone who refuses to hand over a
key to the police would face up to two years' imprisonment."

there was also some other talk about this here back then[2][3].  i don't
see any recent developments regarding this, though....

1. http://www.zdnet.co.uk/misc/print/0,1000000169,39269746,00.htm
2. http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/May-2006/msg00283.html
3. http://archives.seul.org/or/talk/May-2006/msg00284.html