On 12 April at 2pm, Lauri Love will appear at Westminster Magistrate’s Court challenging an attempt by the UK’s National Crime Agency to compel him to hand over his encryption keys.
Lauri is already the subject of legal process in the UK to hand over his keys. In February 2014, Lauri was issued with a section 49 RIPA order. This instrument, which is available to UK authorities and has no equivalent in many other countries, compels passwords to be surrendered under the threat of a two-year prison sentence.
While courts in the UK have convicted people for similar actions, there has been no attempt to prosecute Lauri on this basis, or indeed for any offenses under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act.
Lauri Love’s legal team believes the NCA wants Lauri’s keys not for a UK investigation but to assist a US prosecution. Lauri faces three indictments totalling a potential maximum of 99 years in prison in the states.
We need a major boost –15,000 Euros– to Lauri’s legal defence fund to keep him on the British side of the Atlantic, where similar allegations have been prosecuted with fines or mere months in jail, not decades.
In Europe, you can donate tax-free to Lauri’s fund via the Wau Holland Foundation.