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Here's the draconian law that makes this possible (1)

divec (48748) | more than 3 years ago | (#33798346)

Withholding your encryption key when requested is now a criminal offence under Part III of the draconian Regulation of Investigatory Powers [legislation.gov.uk] (RIP) Act 2000. According to the policeman in the article, this sends a robust message out to "those intent on trying to mask their online criminal activities". So I guess it's RIP to "Innocent until proven guilty" [wikipedia.org] , at least in the country where the phrase was invented. Note also that under section 53(2), if you have forgotten your password then you will still be found guilty of the offence, unless you can show that you have forgotten it. I wonder how you are supposed to show that you have forgotten something.
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