Britain wants access to encrypted Vista hard drives


Microsoft's Trusted Computing has been much in the news recently, usually because consumers are worried that the system will grant media companies and software firms control over certain parts of a user's PC. But consumers aren't the only ones who have concerns about the system—police in the UK are also worried, and the government is in talks with Microsoft to do something about the problem.

The issue is BitLocker Drive Encryption, slated for inclusion in Vista. The system can encrypt a user's entire hard drive, making it almost impossible to access data if the drive is removed from the computer or otherwise tampered with. It works in conjunction with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a motherboard chip that generates secure keys. Under the BitLocker system, the key will never be stored on the hard drive itself, making the drive's contents more secure. The key is only released in the presence of the authorized operating system.

Though it sounds good for businesses worried about data loss or theft, the system also makes it simple for anyone to protect the entire contents of their drive with strong encryption. This can of course be done right now, but its widespread deployment in Vista along with the extra security provided by the TPM module has the police worried about losing access to information in criminal cases. Cambridge don Ross Anderson testified before a select committee in the House of Commons this week and sounded the alarm.
Well with this great leap into privacy will also no doubt come a great hiding place for dirty b*stards to hide their child porn.

Lets hope one way or another that law enforcement can access this if the need to, however anyone in the know about encryption will be well aware of programs such as truecrypt and the likes which make it nearly impossible to access some material already.
Well there's a fairly decent GNU application out there anyway, sure it can be a bit 'techy' but it's free. Anyone who wants some privacy can download it, a few manuals and some nice GUI's and all is good. TPM sounds quite cool though.
Well with this great leap into privacy will also no doubt come a great hiding place for dirty b*stards to hide their child porn.
Well it's not much more secure than having the machine in a locked room which only you can access, if you add a net connection then you're open to hackers etc and having encryption may be a good idea for sensitive data... Most crims are most likely tracked by their ISP's, website logs etc which can provide evidence you've been accessing material (unless tracks are covered).

Encryption makes it harder to determine what is on the disk at the present moment, and what has been there and so determining if the machine has been involved in offline crimes is harder, but I believe that authorities can still request the key(s) to any encryption under RIP 2000 act, refuse and you're guilty of another crime.. Saying that with half the tools out there by the time police have broken down the door and located the machine most if not all evidence could have been deleted.

At least it'll stop your missus inadvertantly discovering your sandpit holiday snaps or such like.
You Do know what Vista stands for don't you?

Viruses, Insecurities, Spy-ware, Trojans, Ad-ware.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Remember Microsofts recent products, Windows ME for example.
Listy said:
Remember Microsofts recent products, Windows ME for example.
Ah good old ME, a fine operating system, cough cough

More holes than a tea strainer I believe!

Vista will no doubt make it harder for law enforcement however as said if you know what your doing you can make your pc pretty much bomb proof anyway.

Just going to be harder work too look over average joes computer for the police, this meaning that it will take longer and leave less time to look into the more important jobs.

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