Extending CALEA to Cover the Cloud?

There is a great discussion over on Slate about how the FBI sees it’s ability to listen in via tapping phones as “going dark”.  Why use a landline or a cell phone when you can use your webcam to orchestrate your criminal enterprises? http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/03/26/andrew_weissmann_fbi_wants_real_time_gmail_dropbox_spying_power.html The blog suggests that the FBI is interested in extending CALEA,… Read More

Judicial Revolt Against Invasions of Privacy

Last week saw two major Judicial decisions related to privacy come out of the 9th Circuit, perhaps signaling a new offensive against warrantless wiretapping. First, a Federal Appeals court ruled that customs agents no longer have carte blanche to search electronic devices coming into the country.  The 9th Circuit decision has an impact on border… Read More

Was Aaron Swartz the victim of Prosecutorial Overreach?

After Aaron Swartz’s tragic death in 2012, a lot of bloggers have started throwing around the term, Prosecutorial Overreach when talking about Federal prosecutors Carmen Ortiz or Stephen Heymann.  The problem is that this is a new term, invented seemingly out of nowhere in 2012.  It sounds like legalese, but it isn’t a Legal term. … Read More

Pentagon to use Nukes against Hackers?

What’s the latest weapon in the Cyber Arms race?  Nuclear bombs, apparently. http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports/ResilientMilitarySystems.CyberThreat.pdf Okay, let’s not over react.  The report says that the U.S. would only use nukes under extreme circumstances.  Hopefully that doesn’t mean viagra related SPAM. Seems like, if anything, maybe an EMP would be a better alternative?

Privacy is Dead: Now Where’s My Inheritance – Part 3

As an American, when I picture the beginnings of civilization, I don’t picture Neanderthals huddling together in caves.  I picture the pilgrims landing on foreign soil, building log cabins to sustain themselves against the winter.  With the hope of a new frontier to explore. It strikes me that we are in the same position when… Read More