Posts tagged "law"

So What if Terrorists Use Strong Encryption? It Is Still Vital to the Safety of Our Nation

Potent essay in favor of strong encryption even though the US intelligence apparatus would like Americans to believe terrorists use it to hide their communications from law enforcement (demonstrably false in certain circumstances, such as Paris): People who protect liberty have to take care not to imply, much less acknowledge, that the draconian anti-liberty measures… Continue reading

ACLU Asks US Appeals Court to Halt the NSA From Collecting Americans’ Phone Records

The ACLU has asked a US appeals court to halt the NSA from continuing to collect millions of Americans’ phone records prior to its expiration in November: Under the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed in June, new privacy provisions take effect on Nov. 29 that will end the bulk collection, first disclosed by former… Continue reading

Court Can’t Rule on NSA Bulk Data Collection Because They Do Not Know Whose Data Was Collected

An appeals court ruling on NSA bulk data collection rested on an unresolved technicality rather than focusing on the constitutionality of the surveillance aspect of NSA activity. Ultimately what the court ended up saying is they are unable to rule on the bulk collection because there is no way to determine if the plaintiff’s data… Continue reading

How Should a Government Respond to a State-Sponsored Cyber Attack?

Cyberspace is a complex warfighting domain with many variables to both deter and incentivize attacks. However, a question that continues to loom over everyone’s head is this: how should a government respond to a state-sponsored cyber attack? (emphasis added) Even as the number of highly disruptive and destructive cyberattacks grows, governments remain unprepared to respond… Continue reading

Germany’s Cyber Security Law Isn’t Working Because of Ambiguity

Germany passed a new cyber security law earlier this summer but it apparently is not working well because of the ambiguity legalese wields (emphasis added): This summer, Germany adopted a new law, known in German as the IT-Sicherheitsgesetz, to regulate cybersecurity practices in the country. The law requires a range of critical German industries establish… Continue reading

China’s Attack on Github Earlier This Year Is Creating International Cyber Norms

China’s attack on Github earlier this year is creating international cyber norms thanks to the lack of any substantive retaliation by the US government (emphasis added): By that measure, the United States has been establishing plenty of norms lately. After accusing North Korea of seeking to censor Sony with a cyberattack, the US announced meaningless… Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for Cyber Security Legislation

Upon its return from summer recess, the US Senate will be actively working on quite a few cyber related legislative items: CISA would provide a basic legal framework for companies to share information on cybersecurity threats with each other and with government. Under the bill, the Department of Homeland Security would stand up an automated… Continue reading

Senate Delays CISA Vote Until September

In a small victory for privacy and tech groups, the United States Senate has opted to delay a vote on its latest cyber security bill until September (emphasis added): Lawmakers worked for days on an agreement about which amendments to include on the cyber bill, but Senate leaders pulled the plug at the last minute… Continue reading

DHS Thinks the Senate’s Cyber Security Information Sharing Bill Is Terrible, So Why Is It Moving

Well consider me surprised this morning to read the if DHS thinks the Senate’s cyber security information sharing bill is terrible then why is it moving? (emphasis added) What do numerous privacy groups, civil liberties organizations, open government advocates, free market proponents, technologists, and the Department of Homeland Security have in common? Deep concern about… Continue reading

FBI Director James Comey’s Call for Backdoors in Encryption Will Never Solve the Ostensible “Going Dark” Problem

As most security experts will agree, FBI Director James Comey’s call for backdoors in encryption will never solve the ostensible “going dark” problem he so loves to cry wolf about (emphasis added): Imagine that Comey got what he wanted. Imagine that iMessage and Facebook and Skype and everything else US-made had his backdoor. The ISIL… Continue reading