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Teen Jailed For Refusing To Reveal Encryption keys

A 19 year old boy from Lancashire has been sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders institution for not revealing the password of an encrypted file on his computer during a police investigation.

The Lancashire Police had arrested Oliver Drage, a resident of Naze Lane, Freckleton, Lancashire during an investigation into pictures containing the sexual abuse of children.

The police seized his PC when they were unable to access some of his files due to a 50 character long password.

According to the Mirror, the teenager was taken into custody after his refusal to hand over the password and to cooperate with the police investigation after a formal request.

A member of the public is liable to be arrested if he or she does not cooperate during an investigation, under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

"Drage was previously of good character so the immediate custodial sentence handed down by the judge in this case shows just how seriously the courts take this kind of offence," said Det Sgt Neil Fowler.