Sinister Precedent from National Crime Agency

    Lauri Love, a British electrical engineering student currently fighting three extradition requests from separate US court districts on allegations of hacking US government networks, will present legal arguments on why he should not be forced to hand over his encryption keys in a one hour hearing.

    This is the second time an attempt has been made to force Lauri Love to hand over his keys. Back in February 2014, he was issued with a section 49 RIPA order, which he did not comply with. While courts in the UK have convicted people for similar actions, there has been no attempt to prosecute Lauri on this basis, or indeed for any offenses under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act.

    The current attempt by the National Crime Agency to force disclosure of Lauri Love's encryption keys under general court authority has arisen in the course of an action brought by Love against the NCA to recover property seized upon his initial arrest in 2013. The court has approved an NCA request that skeleton arguments not be shared in advance of the hearing.

    Lauri is represented in his Police Property Act case pro bono by Stephen Cragg QC  of Monckton Chambers. His UK legal team are Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers, and Karen Todner from Kaim Todner. Lauri's US legal counsel is Tor Ekeland.

    Please direct enquires to the Courage Foundation, which manages Lauri's legal defence fund:


    Further reading:

    Ars Technica: UK cops tell suspect to hand over crypto keys in US hacking case

    The Intercept: British Authorities Demand Encryption Keys in Case With “Huge Implications”