the Dutroux files/DVD's - more questions

There was some brouhaha about DVD's found by the police in the archive of the Bishop of Belgium.

The reaction of the press was that most had already those DVD's and that they were distributed during the trial of Dutroux to make it easier for them to do their work.

This seems to be unknown to many others working in the justice department and they said they never heard about such a thing before.

It also seems that there was no 'NDA or Non disclosure Agreement'

It also seems that the files are not encrypted or protected by fingerprint (CONFIRMED)

It also seems that the DVD's are not linked to a particular machine (CONFIRMED)

It also seems that the files are not watermarked (CONFIRMED)

Some specialists - speaking off the record - are very astonished about even the fact that all the files about a trial are made public this way. It could be that the judge was concerned that the fact that the journalists would be getting their facts and quotes wrong could hamper the trial and above all the public perception of it (Belgium was during  some months of the 'Dutroux period' according to the Prime minister Dehaene at the time in a pre-revolutionary situation - anything could happen anytime and nobody had a real control over events).

As usual the decision was taken without much technical expertise and without any security guarantees to limit the possible further leakage of these documents/DVD's.

Part of them are for the moment published on the Internet (I have nothing to do with that).

I have nothing against the practice and I would even welcome a broader publication of parts of important trials but sometimes it is necessary to take the necessary measures to make sure that only information is made public that doesn't impact the privacy or 'feelings of the victims' or 'rights of the innocent'. Who would want to find a detailed description of the rape or murder of his kid on the internet ?

I think the next minister of Justice will have to take some measures to clarify this and to oblige the courts to use not only caution but also the available technologies to protect the files if necessary and to be able to track those that are still distributing the files.

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