Last month, Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, wrote an opinion piece in the Financial Times castigating tech companies for being “in denial” about abuses of their platforms by criminals and terrorists and calling on them to develop better arrangements for facilitating lawful government investigations. While there is certainly much room for improved cooperation between government and the private sector, the first step for reform should be for intelligence agencies like GCHQ to take a hard look in the mirror.
It’s Not the European Wide Web, It’s the World Wide Web
Global Internet policy conflicts are all too common, from the “Right to be Forgotten” to concerns over the PRISM revelations, and threaten the basic organization of the Internet along with the continued growth of the digital economy. To address this challenge, policymakers should agree on a new policy approach that respects the rights of individual nations to set digital policy as long as it does not impact other countries’ use of the Internet.
EU Guidelines for “Right to Be Forgotten” Harm Transparency and Represent a Vast Overreach on Internet Policy
The Article 29 Working Party guidance for the Right to be Forgotten could force European privacy laws on other nations and erode free speech rights globally.
Why FBI Is Wrong On Encryption Workaround
FBI director James Comey reignited a long-running controversy recently when he argued that the encryption US technology companies such as Apple and Google use on their devices could impede law enforcement's ability "to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism." Comey wants US tech companies to design a way for law enforcement officials to access the data stored on those devices. Of course, Comey conveniently ignores the fact that one reason some companies are working so hard to secure their customer data is because of past overreach by the US government and the economic costs they have incurred because of these actions.