Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Evidence of criminal intent

This is rather disturbing and I hope not a future trend, but I feel it will be. A judge in Minnesota ruled in a case that having encryption software on your computer is evidence of criminal intent
A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that the presence of encryption software on a computer may be viewed as evidence of criminal intent.
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"We find that evidence of appellant's Internet use and the existence of an encryption program on his computer was at least somewhat relevant to the state's case against him," Judge R.A. Randall wrote in an opinion dated May 3.
Now the guy is scum because he preyed on children, but is software intent. The software simply makes it impossible, unless you are the NSA, for others to read your files and emails. Somehow the software and desire for privacy is intent.
The court didn't say that police had unearthed any encrypted files
I am sure that if he had encrypted anything illegal they would have said it, but simply the fact that he had it in the computer showed intent. As far as I know encrypting is not a crime so this ruling seems extreme.

If you would like a copy of PGP, the program he had, here are a few good leads. Become a criminal. It's fun.

[source AlphaPatriot]

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