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 March 31, 2016  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

J. M. Porup reports:

At a court hearing earlier this month, the UK’s National Crime Authority (NCA) demanded that Lauri Love, a British computer scientist who allegedly broke into US government networks and caused “millions of dollars in damage,” decrypt his laptop and other devices impounded by the NCA in 2013, leading some experts to warn that a decision in the government’s favor could set a worrisome precedent for journalists and whistleblowers.

Arrested in 2013 for the alleged intrusions but subsequently released, Love was re-arrested in 2015 and is currently fighting extradition to the United States. He has so far refused to comply with a Section 49 RIPA notice to decrypt the devices, a refusal that carries potential jail time. However, British authorities have not charged Love with any crime, leading him to counter-sue in civil court for the return of his devices.

Read more on Ars Technica.

I think Love’s lawyer, Ekeland, is exactly right in what he told Ars and that any evidence the UK would obtain would be handed on a silver platter to the U.S. for our government’s prosecution of Love.

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