Police “Hacking”Posted: Mon 5 January, 2009
There’s an interesting story in The Times today about police forces in the UK and “remote searches” of a suspect’s PC.
It doesn’t need a court warrant, just for a senior officer to say he “believes” that it is “proportionate” and necessary to prevent or detect serious crime Ã¢â‚¬â€ which is defined as any offence attracting a jail sentence of more than three years. So, no chance of any abuse of the system there, then. *cough*
This development isn’t new – it’s been in place since an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in 1994 which made hacking legal if it was authorised and carried out by the state.
However, I wonder what happens if the suspect being “remote searched” has a firewall and/or secure wireless network (or no wireless network at all) which prevents that remote search. Can they then also be charged with refusing/blocking a ‘legitimate’ search, in the same way you can if you refuse to be stop-and-searched?