Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

In separate but potentially related developments, a few key governments are again arguing that end-to-end default encryption is foiling law enforcement efforts, especially regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Twitter FVEY and EU see a future where there will be encryption law enforcement can access as needed. Tech thinks differently. Cocktail Party Some of the … Continue reading Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

ePrivacy Exception Proposed

Late last month, a broad exception to the EU’s privacy regulations became effective. My apologies. The first version of this post erroneously asserted the derogation to the ePrivacy Directive had been enacted. It has not, and this post has been re-titled and updated to reflect this fact. As the European Union (EU) continues to work … Continue reading ePrivacy Exception Proposed

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Further Reading  “The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone” By Jack Nicas — The New York Times. So, about “Going Dark.” Turns out nations and law enforcement officials have either oversold the barrier that default end-to-end encryption on phones creates or did not understand the access that police were already getting to many encrypted … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (27 October)

Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

In the latest demand, the usual suspects are joined by two new nations in urging tech to stop using default encryption and to essentially build backdoors. The Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance plus two Asian nations have released an “International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety,” which represents the latest FVEY salvo in their campaign … Continue reading Five Eyes Again Lean On Tech About Encryption

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 September)

Coming Events The United States’ Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that its third annual National Cybersecurity Summit “will be held virtually as a series of webinars every Wednesday for four weeks beginning September 16 and ending October 7:”September 23: Leading the Digital TransformationSeptember 30: Diversity in CybersecurityOctober 7: … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22 September)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 4 September)

Here is today’s Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a hearing on 9 September on "U.S.-China Relations in 2020: Enduring Problems and Emerging Challenges” to “evaluate key developments in China's economy, military capabilities, and foreign relations, during 2020.”On 10 September, the General … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 4 September)

Australia Cybersecurity Strategy/White Paper

Canberra is trying to recalibrate its cybersecurity strategy in he face of increased PRC hacking. Australia has issued a new Cyber Security Strategy that replaces its 2016 strategy and proposes to change incrementally how the nation would approach cybersecurity and data protection paired with more funding for these activities. Notably, the government of Prime Minister … Continue reading Australia Cybersecurity Strategy/White Paper

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (31 July)

First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Here are Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events On 31 July, the House Intelligence Committee will mark up its Intelligence Authorization Act.On 31 July the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (31 July)

EDPB Opines Encryption Ban Would Endanger A Nation’s Compliance with GDPR

As the US and others call on technology companies to develop the means to crack encrypted communications, an EU entity argues any nation with such a law would likely not meet the GDPR’s requirements. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these … Continue reading EDPB Opines Encryption Ban Would Endanger A Nation’s Compliance with GDPR

EARN IT Act Finally Introduced; Five Eyes Announce Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing

First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 here. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Josh Hawley (R-MO) formally introduced legislation they floated earlier this year that could … Continue reading EARN IT Act Finally Introduced; Five Eyes Announce Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing