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"We can’t include a backdoor in Signal" - Signal messenger stands firm against Australian anti-encryption law
Like many others, we have been following the latest developments in Australia related to the “Assistance and Access” bill with a growing sense of frustration. The widespread adoption of strong cryptography and end-to-end encryption has given people around the world the ability to protect their personal information and communicate securely. Life is increasingly lived online, and the everyday actions of billions of people depend on this foundation remaining strong. Attempting to roll back the clock on security improvements which have massively benefited Australia and the entire global community is a disappointing development.
december 2018 by joeybaker
Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition
Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation. The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue “technical notices” — a nice way…
encryptionWars  governmentOverreach 
december 2018 by joeybaker
ACLU Wants Release of Secret Court Order Demanding Facebook Build Surveillance Backdoor
The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know how and why, exactly, a joint federal-state task force tracking the MS-13 gang tried to order social giant Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app for surveillance purposes, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.
surveillanceState  judicialSecrecy  encryptionWars 
november 2018 by joeybaker
FBI Admits It Inflated Number of Supposedly Unhackable Devices
We’ve learned that the FBI has been misinforming Congress and the public as part of its call for backdoor access to encrypted devices. For months, the Bureau has claimed that encryption prevented it from legally searching the contents of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017, but today the Washington...
policeLies  encryptionWars 
may 2018 by joeybaker
UK surveillance bill will force tech companies to disclose new products before they launch | ZDNet
A closed-circuit surveillance camera keeps watch near the Houses of Parliament. (Image: AP Images/file photo)Internet, phone, and tech companies will have to inform the UK government of new products,
encryptionWars  surveillanceState 
december 2016 by joeybaker
Police “legally mug” gang boss to grab unlocked iPhone
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News The Metropolitan Police have debuted a new tactic to beat Apple's iPhone encryption
encryptionWars  policeBrutality 
december 2016 by joeybaker
New Democratic Leadership Bodes Possible Changes on Encryption Policy
On Wednesday morning, the Democratic Senate leadership announced it would be playing a game of musical chairs: Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., will be the next ranking member of the Intelligence Committee
win  encryptionWars 
november 2016 by joeybaker
Securing Communications in a Trump Administration
Susan Landau has an excellent essay on why it's more important than ever to have backdoor-free encryption on our computer and communications systems. Protecting the privacy of speech is crucial for
surveillanceState  encryptionWars 
november 2016 by joeybaker
This Is Huge: New Project Releases All Current (Non-Confidential) Congressional Research Service Reports
Going back nearly a decade, we've been talking about the ridiculousness of Congress refusing to publicly release reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). As we've discussed many times,
governmentIncompetence  fourthEstate  governmentLies  win  transparency  governmentMalfeasance  encryptionWars 
october 2016 by joeybaker
Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security
Senator Ron Wyden opposes giving the Justice Department more power to get consumer data from technology companies. WASHINGTON
october 2016 by joeybaker
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