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Re: myth(?): places in the world where https is illegal? Re: people.debian.org will move from ravel to paradis and become HTTPS only

On 7/21/14, Iain R. Learmonth <irl@fsfe.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 01:12:37PM +0200, Holger Levsen wrote:
>> Hi Iain,
>> On Sonntag, 20. Juli 2014, Iain R. Learmonth wrote:
>> > The main one is that there are places in the world you just can't use
>> > HTTPS
>> > for legal reasons [...]
>> I'm curious, can you name one?
> The United Kingdom when using IPv4 over AX.25 on Amateur Radio. Encryption
> is illegal because it goes against the self-policing nature of the amateur
> bands.

I believe you are mistaken. My understanding is that you're not
supposed to use crypto on the radio layer and IP packets are already
several layers away from that concern. It would be great to hear from
a HAM radio literate lawyer on this topic. Perhaps someone can ask the
EFF if it is actually an important sticking point?

More importantly, I suspect would be to first ask if anyone in the UK
uses IPv4 over AX.25 to access people.debian.org?

> (I was hoping to actually locate one of the crackpot dictator countries
> that
> have laws for the general population but there doesn't actually seem to be
> much data available on that).

Isn't any country that outlaws use of crypto by free people by
definition a crackpot country? :-)

All the best,

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