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14-07-2016 by 
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Nothing yet, but that doesn't mean it won't. In the UK we have the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), which essentially governs lawful guidance on police powers concerning encrypted data. It is 16 years-old out-of-date guidance used by the UK Government to justify infringement over your right to respect for a free and private family life. Data at rest, or data in transit. If the authorities want it, RIPA is what they'll use to get it.


However, bio-hacking causes a problem for the judicial system here. Encrypted data in transit can be legally intercepted. Encrypted data at rest can be legally seized. But what about encrypted data stored inside the human body? An RFID implant is a permanent physical attribute that requires intrusive surgical intervention to remove. There's no existing legislation offering the courts power to authorise such a procedure. Another obstacle for the criminal justice system is that even if such a power became available, any data at rest remains encrypted.

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