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Banning Strong Encryption Does Not Mean Catching Criminals. It Only Makes You Less Safe from Them.

On November 17, 2019, Reuters reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had drafted a resolution for the international police organization, Interpol, that condemned strong encryption and called for encryption backdoors. Read more about Banning Strong Encryption Does Not Mean Catching Criminals. It Only Makes You Less Safe from Them.

Tool Without A Handle: “Book Review: Tools and Weapons”

Tool Without A Handle: “Book Review: Tools and Weapons”

“Since the dawn of time, any tool can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the benefit or damage it can cause. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, the world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon” --- from Tools and Weapons Read more about Tool Without A Handle: “Book Review: Tools and Weapons”

More Questions about the CLOUD Act and the US-UK Agreement - Can the US direct UK Providers to Wiretap their Users in Third Countries?

In my first blog post on the CLOUD Act and US-UK Agreement, I noted that the wiretap provision of the CLOUD Act - as opposed to the stored content provisions resolving the Microsoft Ireland case - hardly had been discussed, but it was sure to raise concerns in those third countries where users were targeted by US or UK law enforcement. Read more about More Questions about the CLOUD Act and the US-UK Agreement - Can the US direct UK Providers to Wiretap their Users in Third Countries?

Safeguarding User Freedoms in Implementing Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: Recommendations from European Academics

The implementation of Art. 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (C-DSM) Directive is ongoing. In particular, the multi-stakeholder dialogue under Art. 17(10) of the C-DSM Directive is happening as I write. To the end of promoting public interest in the implementation process, a group of European academics (including João Quintais, Stef van Gompel, P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Martin Husovec, Bernd Justin Jütte, Martin Senftleben and myself) has drafted a document with recommendations on user freedoms and safeguards included in Article 17 of the DSM Directive. Read more about Safeguarding User Freedoms in Implementing Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: Recommendations from European Academics

US and UK CLOUD Act Wiretapping in Third Countries: It Is a Real Problem

My blog post on the big interception flaw in the CLOUD Act and US-UK Agreement generated some interesting responses, mostly offline, arguing that it is legal for the US or UK to use providers in their countries to wiretap users in third countries without the consent or knowledge of the third country. Read more about US and UK CLOUD Act Wiretapping in Third Countries: It Is a Real Problem

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