The regulation of encryption often fails to meet freedom of expression standards in two leading respects. First, restrictions have generally not been shown to be necessary to meet a particular legitimate interest. This is especially the case given the breadth and depth of other tools, such as traditional policing and intelligence and transnational cooperation, that may already provide substantial information for specific law enforcement or other legitimate purposes. Second, they disproportionately impact the rights to freedom of opinion and expression enjoyed by targeted persons or the general population. […] Outright prohibitions on the individual use of encryption technology disproportionately restrict...
Monthly Archive: May 2015
For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. […] This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. David Cameron (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
This is bigger than me, it’s bigger than all of us. We are so close to a nuclear disaster it is shocking, and yet everybody is accepting the risk to the public. William McNeilly, Engineering Technician Weapons Engineer Submariner for UK’s Trident II D5 Strategic Weapons System (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
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Instead of promoting free expression of ideas, we are seeing our open policies stifling free expression; people avoid participating for fear of their personal and family safety. Last month, we conducted a survey of over 15,000 redditors—these are people who are part of the reddit community—that showed negative responses to comments have made people uncomfortable contributing or even recommending reddit to others. The number one reason redditors do not recommend the site—even though they use it themselves—is because they want to avoid exposing friends to hate and offensive content. blog.reddit – what’s new on reddit: Promote ideas, protect people (View...
A public relations pitch from mSpy to KrebsOnSecurity in March 2015 stated that approximately 40 percent of the company’s users are parents interested in keeping tabs on their kids. Assuming that is a true statement, it’s ironic that so many parents have now unwittingly exposed their kids to predators, bullies and other ne’er-do-wells thanks to this breach. Mobile Spy Software Maker mSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked — Krebs on Security (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
Once property has been seized, the burden of proof falls on the defendant to get it back – even if the cops ultimately never charge them with a crime. “We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” an Albuquerque DEA agent told the Journal. “It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.” How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime – The Washington Post (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
‘Of course the guys knew the target was bin Laden and he was there under Pakistani control,’ the retired official said. ‘[…] It was clearly and absolutely a premeditated murder.’ Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)