Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

If you are presented with a warrant and refuse to unlock your front door; your going to jail. If you refuse to open or provide the combination for a safe when presented with a warrant; your going to jail. If you refuse a justifiable search; your going to jail. If you refuse to provide keys to decrypt data when presented with a warrant; your going to jail.

Do you disagree with the door lock, safe or personal search examples? Why should encryption different from any of these other methods of containment?

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

If you are presented with a warrant and refuse to unlock your front door; your going to jail. If you refuse to open or provide the combination for a safe when presented with a warrant; your going to jail. If you refuse a justifiable search; your going to jail. If you refuse to provide keys to decrypt data when presented with a warrant; your going to jail.

Do you disagree with the door lock, safe or personal search examples? Why should encryption different from any of these other methods of containment?

You've missed my point as I didn't say I disagreed with the decryption example.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I may have miss-read. It just read like you found request for decryption keys something new while it remains no different than other existing lock/key issues with authorities.

I'd personally expect authorities to have probable cause for search but with or without it, one is in for a world of grief if they don't comply. My real fear is that the RIAA will keep re-trying the border search requirement until they manage to get it passed in just the right political climate. Here's hoping it doesn't come to pass.

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