Act as If You Care About Security

If a path crosses private property, and there's a long-standing habit of public use of that path, and the owner of the property makes no effort to demonstrate ownership—for example, by building a gate and closing it for one day each year—then the owner risks a judgment in law that a public right of way has come to exist.

This is perhaps the strongest (or even the only) argument available in the defense of Gary McKinnon—a self-labeled "bumbling computer nerd" who faced, as of mid-May, the risk of extradition from Britain to face trial in the United States on charges of repeated illegal access to government computers. Act as If You Care About Security

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 30th May 2006 12:43AM