Teenager jailed for refusing to hand over computer password

A teenager has been jailed for four months after refusing to hand over an encryption key for his computer to police.

Oliver Drage, 19, of Naze Lane, Freckleton, Lancashire was originally arrested for another alleged offence last May. In the course of that investigation police seized his computer.

But they could not get past a 50-character encryption password to find out what material was on the computer. Drage, a fast food shop worker, was then formally requested to disclose the password, but he failed to do so.

He was then charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and convicted after a trial at Preston Crown Court last month.

The Police have still not been able to crack the code on Drage's computer to discover its contents.

Det Sgt Neil Fowler, of Lancashire Police, said: "Computer systems are constantly advancing and the legislation used here was specifically brought in to deal with those who are using the internet to commit crime."

A year ago, it was disclosed that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) was being used by local councils, the police and the security services around 1,500 times a day to investigate citizens.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags legal

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Antony Savvas

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?