Danish judge upheld privacy

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 3:15 | Posted in crime, Denmark, internet, Legal | Leave a comment
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A Danish judge through out evidence obtained by the police by hacking in to a password protected web forum, Berlingske Tidende writes. The police and prosecutor have not much above the banned evidence to back their charges against nine alleged football hooligans. They are charged for having planned a fight in Enghave S-train station in Copenhagen.

A group of FC København supporters calling themselves Copenhagen Casuals have a password protected forum. The police admitted having obtained a password through a security hole in the system. They then followed the forum discussions and used the contents of the site as evidence.

The judge said that peeking in to the site was equal to other intrusions of privacy, such as telephone ease-dropping. Hence, the police needed a court order which they did not seek. The judge also pointed out that a court would not have allowed the hack because the crime was not serious enough to justify intrusion of privacy according to Danish law.

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