Ex-MI5 chief warns against crackdown on encrypted messaging apps – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in encryption, intelligence services, internet, news by tracey

‘A former head of MI5 has spoken out against curtailing use of encryption in messaging apps despite warning that Islamist terrorism will remain a threat for up to another 30 years.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

EU seeks to outlaw ‘backdoors’ in new data privacy proposals – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, encryption, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The European Union is considering banning the implementation of so-called “backdoors” that allow the reading of encrypted messaging, a move that would place it in conflict with the UK government’s desire to have access to all secure communications.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Police force fined £150k after unencrypted DVDs lost in the post – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 5th, 2017 in data protection, encryption, fines, news, police, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘Greater Manchester Police has been fined £150,000 after three unencrypted DVDs containing footage of interviews with victims of violent or sexual crimes were lost in the post.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Henry Pearce: Some Thoughts on the Encryption Regulatory Debate – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Debates about the regulation of encryption technologies and surveillance have been around for decades. It is in unfortunate circumstances that these debates have now been thrust back into the public eye. Following the horrifying Westminster attack which occurred on 22nd March 2017 Amber Rudd, the UK’s Home Secretary, has been very vocal in suggesting that in order for the police and security services to be able to effectively investigate and prevent future terrorist acts they must be given access to over-the-top messaging services that utilise end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp. (End-to-end encryption services can generally be described as those which allows for conversations to be read only by the sender and recipient of individual messages, meaning that such messages cannot be intercepted and read by a third party.) Her comments appeared to have been driven by the fact that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the attack, had used WhatsApp shortly before commencing his appalling actions. In particular, Rudd has claimed it is “unacceptable” that governmental agencies were unable to read messages protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, and in an interview given to the BBC on Sunday 26th March, intimated that she would consider pursuing the enactment of new legislation which would require the providers of encrypted messaging services to grant access to the UK intelligence agencies. This sentiment has since broadly been endorsed by the UK government.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th April 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Top tech firms avoid encryption issue in government talks – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2017 in encryption, internet, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Leading tech firms have promised to work closely with the government to remove extremist material from the internet and social media following a meeting with the home secretary, Amber Rudd.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2017

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UK government can force encryption removal, but fears losing, experts say – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2017 in encryption, investigatory powers, news, terrorism by sally

‘The government already has the power to force technology firms to act as it wants over end-to-end encryption, but is avoiding using existing legislation as it would force it into a battle it would eventually lose, security experts have said.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd – The Guardian

‘Amber Rudd has called for the police and intelligence agencies to be given access to WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging services to thwart future terror attacks, prompting opposition politicians and civil liberties groups to say her demand was unrealistic and disproportionate.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Privacy watchdog attacks snooper’s charter over encryption – The Guardian

‘The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in relation to the apparent requirement on communication providers to weaken or break their data encryption at the government’s request.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2016

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Man jailed for refusing to give police USB stick password – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2014 in computer programs, encryption, fraud, news, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they could not crack. Syed Hussain, 22, from Luton, was convicted of failing to provide police with the password to the stick seized in a counter-terrorism operation.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2014

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NSA and GCHQ unlock privacy and security on the internet – The Guardian

“US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.”

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The Guardian, 6th September 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ICO issues third fine for loss of unencrypted laptops – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 11th, 2011 in data protection, encryption, fines, local government, news by sally

“Two local authorities have been fined a total of £150,000 by data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner after the theft of two laptops which, contrary to the councils’ policies, were not encrypted.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Council punished over theft of laptops from locked room – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 23rd, 2009 in data protection, encryption, news by sally

“Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken action against a local authority which lost two laptop computers despite the fact that they were stored in a locked office and password-protected.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Court of Appeal orders men to disclose encryption keys – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2008 in encryption, news by sally

“Two men have been told that they cannot rely on their right to silence to refuse to give British police a computer password.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Regina v S(F) and A(S) – Times Law Reports

Posted October 15th, 2008 in encryption, law reports, self-incrimination by sally

Regina v S(F) and A(S)

Court of Appeal

“The key or password which provided access to an encrypted computer file was a fact. It did not constitute an admission of guilt. But knowledge of the key might be incriminating if the data contained incriminating material.”

The Times, 15th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

R v S (F) and A(S) – WLR Daily

Posted October 13th, 2008 in encryption, evidence, investigatory powers, law reports, self-incrimination by sally

R v S (F) and A(S); [2008] WLR (D) 313

“The key or password to an encrypted computer file was a fact which did not constitute an admission of guilt. Only knowledge of it might be incriminating if the data contained incriminating material.”

WLR Daily, 10th October 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Broadcaster faces £20,000 fine for showing unencrypted sexually explicit material – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 28th, 2008 in encryption, media, news, pornography by sally

“A UK broadcaster has been fined £20,000 for showing sexually explicit content on a free-to-air television channel. Satellite Entertainment Ltd (SEL) breached regulator Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code, it said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th August 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Campaigners hit by decryption law – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2007 in encryption, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

“Animal rights activists are thought to be the first Britons to be asked to hand over to the police keys to data encrypted on their computers.”

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BBC News, 20th November 2007

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UK police can now force you to reveal decryption keys – The Register

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in encryption, investigatory powers, news by sally

“Users of encryption technology can no longer refuse to reveal keys to UK authorities after amendments to the powers of the state to intercept communications took effect on Monday (Oct 1).”

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The Register, 3rd October 2007

Source: www.theregister.co.uk