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January 27, 2014  5:39 PM

Judge Upholds Right to Border Electronics Searches



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
aclu, eff, encryption, federal government, government, homeland security, privacy

In the tv show the West Wing, there's an episode in the first season called "Take Out the Trash Day," where Josh explains to Donna that in White House parlance, "take out the trash day" refers to the practice of releasing potentially embarrassing news stories at a time when people aren't...

December 29, 2013  11:49 PM

Forget Data Preservation. Let’s Blow &(*&(*& Up



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
data preservation, disaster recovery, privacy, recovery

Typically this blog focuses on the intricacies of preserving data, including backups and disaster recovery. However, this time we're going to talk about destroying it -- or, in other words, blowing *&(*&(& up.

The topic has been alluded to before, most recently in the context...


May 31, 2013  5:57 PM

Judge Reverses Himself on Revealing Encryption Keys in Child Porn Case



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
encryption, government, privacy

Courts have been ruling one way or another in the past few years about whether someone accused of encrypting incriminating information needs to reveal the encryption key to law enforcement. Now we actually have a case where the judge reversed himself. In April,


April 30, 2013  6:25 PM

Utah Government Data Breach More Expensive Than Thought



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
encryption, government, privacy

In another case of governments behaving badly with personal data, the state of Utah has learned that a data breach a year ago is likely to be even more costly than originally estimated – and that’s after the initial estimate was itself increased by almost 30 times. “In late March...


August 16, 2012  12:57 PM

Storage No Longer a Barrier to Ubiquitous Government Surveillance



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy

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July 31, 2012  10:47 AM

Don’t Have an Encryption Key? Go to Jail



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
encryption, government, law enforcement, privacy

Christian Szell: Is it safe?... Is it safe? Babe: You're talking to me? Christian Szell: Is it safe? Babe: Is what safe? Christian Szell: Is it safe? Babe: I don't know what you mean. I can't tell you something's safe or not, unless I know specifically what you're talking...


June 27, 2012  11:45 PM

New Mitt Romney Email Messages Surface



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
ediscovery, government, privacy

As you may recall, a few months back I did a piece on Massachusetts Governor and candidate (now Republican presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, talking about how he not only deleted all his email messages when he left office, but had his staff members


March 31, 2012  3:22 PM

U.S. Border Laptop Search Can Be Challenged



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
aclu, homeland security, house, manning, privacy, Security, wikileaks

It hasn't gotten a lot of play in the news media, but a recent U.S. District Court decision may at least weaken a policy that theoretically gives the Department of Homeland Security the right to search laptop storage of more than two-thirds of Americans. In case you've forgotten, in August...


March 29, 2012  3:40 PM

Romney Campaign Apparently Planned Ahead for Stolen Laptops



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
government, law enforcement, privacy, Security

We've heard this sort of story before (here, and


February 23, 2012  11:17 PM

Suspects May Not Need to Decrypt Storage for Law Enforcement After All



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
eff, encryption, privacy

Contradicting earlier court actions in other states, the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals of the 11th Circuit has ruled that a man suspected of holding child pornography on his hard disk drive


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