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Comment: Re:asdf (Score 3, Informative) 107

It's legal. This is the UK. There is no constitution.

I can't believe this has been modded informative when it is blatantly, and even legally, wrong.

The UK certainly does have a Constitution, and in fact our political system is termed a 'Constitutional monarchy'.

I'm sorry, but this is taught early on at in British Secondary Schools.Anyone who's been to school in the UK should know this. Any UK immigrant who's passed the UK citizenship test will know this.

The laws which the security services are alleged to have broken form part of that constitution.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229

by infolation (#49221925) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened
I tell them the imaginary colleague (victim, computer owner) they need to speak to is physically disabled, and is currently on the other side of the building, but is conscientiously on his way to talk to them. Then the scammers get restful music on hold, interspersed with periodic updates about the colleague's arduous progression towards the office to take the phone call ("he's on the stairs... oh he's valiantly struggling on the stairs...")

By tugging at the scammers' heartstrings, causing them to feel guilty that this disabled person is making the effort to talk to them, calls can be extended to half an hour or more with some ingenuity.

Comment: Re:Insight? (Score 2) 406

by infolation (#49121255) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
The British Government does it this way:

We have 'RIPA', the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 containing the scary "Part III": Investigation of electronic data protected by encryption etc. Power to require disclosure

In plain English, it says "If you have encrypted data, and you know, or have ever known, the key to that data, you have to decrypt the data for the police when they tell you to. And you're not allowed to tell anyone the police told you to decrypt the data, if they tell you not to." The penalty is 4 years imprisonment.

+ - Online UK courts modelled on eBay to settle legal disputes 1

Submitted by infolation
infolation (840436) writes "The UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000, the official body that oversees civil courts has recommended. The report says existing services — such as eBay’s disagreement negotiation procedure and Cybersettle’s blind-bidding operations — provide prototypes worth studying. Only the judge need be legally qualified. If necessary, telephone hearings could be built into the last stage. Rulings by the online judge would be as enforceable as any courtroom judgment."

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