Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Don't forget your password - or else!

Hang on to your passwords folks - here comes the Government.

New laws, which came into effect on Monday, give the police and other government agencies the right to demand access to your data. Should you refuse, or even worse have forgotten the password or lost the encryption key, then you'll be off to jail for up to two years. No trial here, straight to jail. Should you be accused of being a terrorist then the jail time goes up to five years.

The original version of this law was passed by Parliament in 2000, but after a public outcry the section relating to the enforced handover of passwords and encryption keys was never activated.

Yes, our Labour Party benevolent dictators want your passwords and encryption keys, and they aren't going to take "no" for an answer. This is all in the name of keeping us safe from Terrorists, Pedophiles and other criminals.

Please leave your freedom at the door on the way out.

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