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The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

Meanwhile, this just came out of Diane Feinstein’s well of stupidity.

In fact, the Burr-Feinstein bill is so bad for privacy that it may be good for privacy in the long run, say experts.

Source: The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

This morning, WhatsApp made the scope of the Apple-FBI encryption battle look kinda small.

Source: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People | WIRED

Customer Letter – Apple

Tim Cook and Apple are telling the US Government to get bent, and for good reason: encryption is vital to our individual security and to undermine that is to undermine our entire society. If the “good guys” can have a backdoor into your house, it’s only a matter of time before the bad guys copy the keys.

If your first reaction is to shrug and say, “I have nothing to hide,” I hate to break it to you, but you’re not clever enough to understand the implications, so go sit down at the kids’ table and let the grown-ups argue.

As a side note (full journalistic disclosure): If you read this website, you already know my opinions on Apple are complicated, but I do use a 2010 Macbook Pro daily, and I encourage most “casual users” to consider adopting OSX machines as their daily drivers. Despite this, I do loathe iOS since the move to “flat design”, and I vehemently refuse to “upgrade” OSX past Mavericks for design reasons as well as “integration features” that annoy me.

A Message to Our Customers

Source: Customer Letter – Apple

New Bill Aims to Stop State-Level Decryption Before It Starts

Finally, some encryption legislation that makes sense.

Source: New Bill Aims to Stop State-Level Decryption Before It Starts | WIRED

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

…Much like these states’ bans on other “dangerous technologies” (that probably go without being named). I can see “phone vacations” from LA to Vegas when the newest iPhones come out and Apple just giving up and building the new “Mothership” in Portland.

Legal and tech experts argue a New York or California ban on smartphone encryption would be a futile and possibly unconstitutional “logistical nightmare.”

Source: Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense | WIRED

France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

Because terrorists don’t want to run afoul of the law by using banned encryption techniques.

This is the same (correct) argument as the one about outlawing guns for law-abiding citizens (as in “only outlaws will have guns”); outlawing the tools will do nothing to stop those who wish to cause harm. As Ian Malcolm so eloquently put it: “Life finds a way.”

Leaked docs from Ministry of Interior show worryingly illiberal trend for France.

Source: France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

Our Top Five Takeaways From Today’s Hearings on Encryption

Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, FBI Director Comey wants you to know that he doesn’t want another crypto war.

Source: Our Top Five Takeaways From Today’s Hearings on Encryption