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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules 149

the simurgh writes: As many who follow the Kim Dotcom saga know, New Zealand police seized his encrypted computer drives in 2012, copies of which were illegally passed to the FBI. Fast-forward to 2014: Dotcom wants access to the seized but encrypted content. A New Zealand judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, the encryption keys cannot be forwarded to the FBI.
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

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  • Re:Umm... (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @03:45PM (#47371445)

    So that shining stars like yourself can provide us with such cutting witticisms as appending -tard to the ends of words. Top of the comedic drawer, old chap!

  • Re:"cannot" (Score:3, Informative)

    by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @04:10PM (#47371637) Homepage
    oh they COULD do that...but they wont
  • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @04:25PM (#47371755) Journal

    All US states other than Vermont run balanced budgets, so those same politicians could do the same when they move to Washington. Apparently, the voters don't really care aboyt that any more once governor gets elected president.

    Interestingly, Vermont owes $13,000 per person, or $30,000 per family. It seems that either you keep the politicians on a short leash (49 state) or allow them to overspend and they'll put you $30,000 in the hole (Vermont).

    A couple of states are debatable as to whether or not their budgets are exactly balanced. Either way, none of them borrowed hundreds of billions from social security, spent it, and then bragged that they "balanced" the budget by balancing their spending with borrowing.

  • by Bing Tsher E ( 943915 ) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @07:28PM (#47372835) Journal

    In Chariman Mao's "Three Worlds Theory" [] the Two Superpowers (the US and the USSR after capitalism was restored there in the 1950's) are the First World. The second world is the modernized secondary powers (Europe, etc.) The third world is the exploited nations (i.e. most of Africa.) So Belgium and Germany are Second World powers, the US and USSR are the First World.

    This was in opposition to the classic cold war use of 'Three Worlds' in western foreign policy, which defined the US and allies as 'The First World', the USSR and allies as the Second World, and the rest as the Third World.

    Your definition is the modern mish-mash defnition from after the decline of the Soviet Union, which comes closer to Mao's meaning, but is still significantly different.

    And the existence of Mao's theory and the older Cold War definition trashes your 'Anybody who has ever defined the term' claim. I've shown there are at least three ways the term has been used.

  • Re:Umm... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Mistakill ( 965922 ) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @08:29PM (#47373163)

    He has broken no laws in New Zealand... the NZ Police and the GCSB overreached with their spying and the execution of the search warrant (the warrant was found to be not legal). The US tried to get him extradited, so the Judge asked to see some of the evidence... (presumption of innocence you know), and the US said 'were the US, we want him, hes guilty', so the Judge said prove it. Seeing as the extradition hearing still hasn't been heard in it's entirety, he's still here in NZ.

    You can argue luck all you want, but what matters here is New Zealand law, and the opinion of the Judge (btw Kim Dot Com is a New Zealand resident, so is subject to all the rights that kiwi's have)

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"