Connection: Wiretap Laws

I’m experimenting with a new kind of post, where I simply make a connection between two or more ideas, usually with little or no commentary. Here’s the first one:

Ed Felten, yesterday: CALEA II: Risks of wiretap modifications to endpoints

Today I joined a group of twenty computer scientists in issuing a report criticizing an FBI plan to require makers of secure communication tools to redesign their systems to make wiretapping easy. We argue that the plan would endanger the security of U.S. users and the competitiveness of U.S. companies, without making it much harder for criminals to evade wiretaps.

Me, in 2010: Internet Wiretap Bill Misses the Mark

So if this bill becomes law, it will accomplish precisely the opposite of its stated purpose. The government will still be powerless to eavesdrop on criminal and terrorist communications. Meanwhile, the good, honest citizen will be rendered powerless as well.