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Is the FBI Really “Going Dark?”

FBI Director Comey complained about the problem of people, “going dark,” in a speech before the Brookings Institution on October 16, 2014. He explained, “the law hasn’t kept pace with technology, and this disconnect has created a significant public safety problem. We call it ‘Going Dark,’ and what it means is this: Those charged with protecting our people…

Fakebook Crimes

Sondra Prince of Watertown, New York was a social media queen.  She had a Facebook page with pictures of herself splayed out on a brand new BMW.  She displayed her personal information, including pictures of her children, her license plate number, and some at least sexually suggestive photographs. This was a silly thing for Prince…

Apple the Choice of Pedophiles? Law Enforcement Just Doesn’t Get It.

Law enforcement’s response to the announcement by Apple (and later Google’s Android) that it would be encrypting by default the contents of users’ phones was met with predictable outrage by some representatives of the law enforcement community.  This outrage is fundamentally misplaced, and shows just how “out of the loop” the law enforcement and intelligence…

Comcast (Heart Symbol) Tor

In the past few days, there have been reports that Comcast, the Philadelphia-based Internet giant (and broadcast giant, and content giant, and giant giant) has been monitoring its users’ activities and has been blocking users’ use of TOR privacy enhancing services. The reports have indicated that Comcast considers the use of TOR to be in furtherance…