London Police Charge Man with Terrorism Over Use of Encryption
A man has appeared in court in London on six counts of terrorism — one of which was related to researching and using encryption.
Samata Ullah, 33, appeared in court last week charged under the Terrorism Act 2006.
The Metropolitan Police said in a press release that Ullah was charged with one count of providing instructions in the use of encryption to a person who was preparing an act of terrorism.
But a second charge relating to his use of encryption cites a controversial statute under British law, which in the name of a terrorism offense can criminalize acts that on their own are legal.
Specifically, Ullah was charged with a count of preparing to engage in an act of terrorism namely by “researching an encryption program, developing an encrypted version of his blog site and publishing the instructions around the use of program on his blog site.”
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