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

Privacy is Dead: Now where’s my Inheritance – Part 1

Privacy is Dead. It’s not the first time you’ve heard this, surely.  A private investigator, Sam Rambam was quoted as saying “Privacy is Dead – Get Over it” in 2006.  In 2012, Huffing Post contributor Miles Feldman posed the question “Is Privacy Dead?” If it is, then we’ve been collecting our inheritance without knowing it… Read More

What has Al Franken done for me lately, Part 2

Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Privacy and Information Security. Senator Rockefeller made a point of emphasizing his committee’s jurisdiction over privacy and data security issues. I think this statement alone shows a rift in the Senate’s perspective on Information Security in light of the newly formed… Read More

What has Al Franken done for me lately, Part 1

In February of this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to form a new sub-committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. They chose my favorite Senator, Al Franken to chair the new group. After I heard about this new committee’s formation back in February (feb 14), they kinda went radio silent for a few months,… Read More