Lavabit’s Owner Goes Public: His Legal Ordeal Makes For Bad Law

Over at Just Security, I have a post about Ladar Levinson's legal tribulations connected to DOJ's efforts to get his service's encryption key. I argue that the DOJ's legal machinations, essentially bullying Levinson into compliance as he tried to put together a legal defense for his business, are not the way to ensure Courts will intelligently decide important questions of law and policy which will affect the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of customers of Lavabit--nevermind one which would determine ability of other secure communications service providers to operate in the United States.


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