Daniel Castro spoke about security, freedom, and privacy at a panel discussion hosted by the Knight Foundation.
Has the US government learned nothing from the Clipper Chip?
The allegation that the NSA has covertly weakened the design of cryptographic standards and introduced vulnerabilities in commercial products is a disturbing claim with severe implications Congress should thoroughly investigate. The policy of the U.S. government should be to strengthen, not weaken, online security.
If the Courts Do Not Recognize Technology Neutrality in the Wiretap Act, Congress Should Intervene
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a lawsuit against Google for illegal wiretapping could proceed. If this ruling is upheld, Congress should consider clarifying the Wiretap Act to make clear that data sent unencrypted does not have an expectation of privacy.
RFID: Readily Forced Information Distortion
The sign of a civilization in decline is when there is widespread fear of the future and longing for the past. While America may not yet be in decline we certainly fear the future. Case in point: California’s decision to delay its deployment of drivers’ licenses with embedded radio-frequency identification chips (RFID).