Cryptosoftware indicates illegal use

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by meneer, May 25, 2005.

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  1. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

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    If you have cryptosoftware, it might indicate that you perform illegal activities...
    cnet news.com article
     
  2. trickyricky

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    Possibly, in the same way that owning a carving-knife might indicate the same. Or a car, anything made of glass, matches, garden tools...

    Let's all turn ourselves in since we're obviously all intent on performing illegal activities. Well, we MIGHT be, and that's good enough.

    Isn't it?
     
  3. spy1

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    Since the case was brought and decided strictly upon evidence presented by the minor in question, you really have to wonder why the encryption software was brought into the picture at all.

    It's not a good precedent to see being set (in spite of the fact that I have no sympathy for child pornographer's whatsoever, and am glad the indidvidual in question was found guilty and will be punished) given the fact that things are already too "loose" these days regarding what is being considered "just cause" for various options like monitoring, searching and planting keyloggers.

    You can count on the fact that this "precedent" will be used for even more "secret" ISP monitoring of individuals accounts, more "secret" searches of individuals homes and more "secret" gag orders regarding investigations of individuals - all "based" simply on the fact that said individual utilizes an encryption program.

    The government's really "big" on quasi-legalities. Pete
     
  4. Vikorr

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    In conjunction with the actual charge brought against him, the encryption software should certainly have been included IF they found encrypted files on his computer...however the report indicates that no encrypted files were brought up in the court hearing...which makes the inclusion of the encryption software somewhat prejudical.
     
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