[Wolves] RIP

Stuart Langridge sil at kryogenix.org
Fri Aug 13 02:55:58 BST 2004

Peter Oliver wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Aug 2004, Peter Evans wrote:
>> if I really, really want the data to disappear I can always lose the key.
> You get a couple of years for losing your key, IIRC.

Depends what "losing" means. If you can prove that the key is genuinely 
not in your possession then you're OK. However, that means that you have 
to prove a negative, which as you will all know is logically impossible. 
So that puts you shit out of luck, as the vernacular has it.

Someone advanced to the gummint the idea that a criminal exchanging 
encrypted child pornography would rather pretend to have lost their key 
(sentence, 2 years or so) rather than reveal the contents of the 
encrypted messages (sentence for trafficking in child porn, rather 
longer than 2 years). The Man's brilliant solution to this was to 
suggest increasing the maximum length of sentence for non-production of 
keys to 10 years, presumably on the basis that any non-government 
employee using strong encryption is a damned pinko subversive and is 
probably guilty of _something_. Gotta love the government.


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