Re: Note to those who don't want to be subject to RIPA
I've been reading in RIPA (and DRIPA) and it is very unclear (look on some Police forums, they don't seem to have a clue either).
When it comes to physical media it's pretty clear cut, they can demand access.
The bit it get murky on is likes of webmail.
They have the right to intercept data, but it's encrypted.
They can issue international warrants and "force" access, however Protonmail is based in Switzerland and they have VERY strict laws on data and are unlikely to comply.
They do not hold the keys to the account, so technically can't access it if they were asked to.
When you decrypt the mailbox, that is taking place on a server in Switzerland not in the UK.
Therefore is this covered under RIPA.
(Actually it would come down to how good a lawyer you can afford, but lets pretend we are all equal).