A YOOF HAS BEEN JAILED in the UK for refusing to give police his encryption password.
The 19 year old from Lancashire has been sent up for 16 weeks porridge at a young offenders secure unit after police seized his computer. The police first arrested Oliver Drage in May while investigating the online exploitation of children.
When Drage was held the police formally requested that he give them his 50-character encryption password that was protecting his PC, but he refused to do so.
Drage still declines to hand over the encryption key for his PC and has been convicted of an offense under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) for his refusal.
"Computer systems are constantly advancing and the legislation used here was specifically brought in to deal with those who are using the Internet to commit crime," said Lancashire Police Detective Sergeant Neil Fowler.
"It sends a robust message out to those intent on trying to mask their online criminal activities that they will be taken before the courts with the ultimate sanction, as in this case, being a custodial sentence."
"Drage was previously of good character so the immediate custodial sentence handed down by the judge in this case shows just how seriously the courts take this kind of offence," he continued.
This is only the second time someone has been successfully prosecuted under RIPA 2000, though it has been used to investigate large IT companies.
In June The INQUIRER reported that the Metropolitan Police used RIPA 2000 to investigate Google over its Streetview cars collecting wireless data. µ
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