The amusing thing is that if / when the police do crack his password and find something, he'll probably get more jail time if there's anything suspect!
I don't like the idea of someone snooping around my personal things and wouldn't like to disclose my password to anyone. But if it was a case of proving my innocence I'd do it in a heartbeat.
More importantly he is going to jail and key here is that as not charged with sex crimes so will go to 'normal' prison. It will of course become known that the police looking into a crime to do with "child sexual exploitation" and child sex offenders in a normal prison (non-maximum that hold child sex offenders) do not get it light.
Edited to make more sense..
Last edited by russdev; 6th October 2010 at 04:29 PM. Reason: as messed the english right up ;)
I'm not quite sure on the exact details of the RIPA act for this, but if the police have to get approval from the courts first in the same way they need for a search warrant, then I don't have a problem with it and he deserves to go to jail. If the police can just demand the password without it being approved by the courts, then that's just plain wrong and I would be kicking off about it as well.
So, forgive my lack of knowledge/experience on these things. I have just used TrueCrypt to encrypt a partition on my laptop. I have set aside about 10Gb for this, where in my case I plan to store some data that is school related. When I log into windows xp, the encrypted partition is not even visible. I have to run TrueCrypt and then mount the device, then enter the password.
So if I had something to hide, whatever it may be, legal or illegal, I would presumably reveal my windows login credentials and nothing more. Everyone else then being none the wiser of my 10Gb of 'private' data?
The 'if you dont have something to hide argument is a load of crap'
Why should I provide any information to the police. Why should they know where I am going, what I am doing, why am I taking photos in a town centre. What the hell does it have to do with the piggies?
ANYONE might have something to hide, but that does not mean it is illeagal.
An example (only example!!).
suposing that the guy was a secret cross dresser. And that even his partner didn't know.
If that guy worked in a very 'homophobic' place, then he would want to keep that very secret. BUT it is not illeagal.
as I say just an example.
I have had that where some one has said 'if you have nothing to hide..'
And then they have gone through my stuff and been VERY ashamed after.
I am not going to say what was there, but I was feeling very down after a lot of deaths in the family, and had written some 'letters' to myself to express my dispair.
That is something I WANT secret from everyone. AND THAT IS MY RIGHT.
No crime committed not even a moral broken. but my privacy wrecked.
Last edited by salan; 6th October 2010 at 03:29 PM.
"What a predictable comment. No wonder we are ending up with new laws getting passed left right and centre to keep us controlled."
On the other hand, if people just obliged, and were polite in their response then there would be no need for new laws to be passed.
Just because they are wearing a police uniform does not mean they are human beings trying to do their jobs.
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