View Full Version : Government to force handover of encryption keys

05-19-2006, 03:35 AM

Businesses and individuals may soon have to release their encryption keys to the police or face imprisonment, when Part 3 of the RIP Act comes into effect

The UK Government is preparing to give the police the authority to force organisations and individuals to disclose encryption keys, a move which has outraged some security and civil rights experts.

The powers are contained within Part 3 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). RIPA was introduced in 2000, but the government has held back from bringing Part 3 into effect. Now, more than five years after the original act was passed, the Home Office is seeking to exercise the powers within Part Three of RIPA. :fact:

07-08-2006, 11:39 PM
100,000 is this? What in the world is an encryption key?

07-08-2006, 11:47 PM
Data is stored on computers with encryption so if the data is stolen it can't be read. An encryption key allows the data to be read.

07-10-2006, 09:03 AM
For putting this in the mac section, you get $1 million for the spam :p