Attorney General Jeff sessions gave a speech on Monday to the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, in which he outlined how the Department of Justice was going to be helping them out. As you'd expect, it was the usual law-and-order-rah-rah stuff, and there was plenty to argue with. I'd like to focus on this bit: It is also critical that we deal with the … [Read more...] about The Encryption Problem?
I don't know anything else about Representative Ted Lieu, but I do like what he said after hearing law enforcement types testify that the American people not be allowed to use strong encryption: It's a fundamental misunderstanding of the problem. Why do you think Apple and Google are doing this? It's because the public is demanding it. People like me: privacy advocates. A … [Read more...] about Privacy Violators Reaping What They Sow
Ever since Edward Snowden told us all about the NSA's rampant spying on Americans, I've been meaning to convert Windypundit to an encrypted site, and I think I finally did it. If all is working, you should be seeing "https:" in front of "windypundit.com" up there in the address bar.(You might not see the little lock symbol, however, depending on your browser. That's because … [Read more...] about HTTPS
Illinois recently passed an anti-bullying law that some school districts are interpreting as granting some disturbing powers, according to a story at Motherboard by Jason Koebler: School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are … [Read more...] about Illinois Schools Hate Your Children’s Privacy
So a couple of days ago I was explaining why Orin Kerr was wrong about Apple's new policy of rendering themselves unable to encrypt customers' iPhones, and in passing I linked with some disdain to a piece by former FBI Assistant Director Ronald T. Hosko, who was claiming, of course, that the new policy would help the bad guys.Yesterday, however, Hosko did something that … [Read more...] about An Awkward Moment in the Apple Encryption Debate