The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption By Andrew Crocker and Joe Mullin Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook’s plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company’s messaging products and instead promise that it will “enable law enforcement to obtain…

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DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption By Andrew Crocker Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data. You should not spend any of your time listening to them. Don’t be mistaken; the threat to encryption remains high. Australia and the United Kingdom already have laws in place that can enable those…

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Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise By Andrew Crocker and Gennie Gebhart Why do we care about encryption? Why was it a big deal, at least in theory, when Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier this year that Facebook would move to end-to-end encryption on all three of its messaging platforms? We don’t just support encryption for its own sake. We fight for it because encryption is one of the most powerful tools individuals have for maintaining their digital privacy and security in an increasingly insecure world. And although encryption…

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Victory! Supreme Court Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Cell Phone Tracking

Victory! Supreme Court Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Cell Phone Tracking By Andrew Crocker and Jennifer Lynch The Supreme Court handed down a landmark opinion today in Carpenter v. United States, ruling 5-4 that the Fourth Amendment protects cell phone location information. In an opinion by Justice Roberts, the Court recognized that location information, collected by cell providers like Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, creates a “detailed chronicle of a person’s physical presence compiled every day, every moment over years.” As a result, police must now get a warrant before obtaining…

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