Wednesday, November 25, 2009

UK jails schizophrenic under RIPA

The first person to be jailed in the UK for refusing to disclose the keys to decrypt his computer files is someone with a confirmed formal dianosis of schizophrenia, according to the Register.
"The first person jailed under draconian UK police powers that Ministers said were vital to battle terrorism and serious crime has been identified by The Register as a schizophrenic science hobbyist with no previous criminal record.
His crime was a persistent refusal to give counter-terrorism police the keys to decrypt his computer files...
 News that the first person jailed for the offence of not talking in a police interview has been judged no threat to national security and suffers from a mental condition associated with paranoia and a fear of authorities is unlikely to win RIPA Part III new supporters."

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