Privacy, Safety and Encryption

In the abstract, consumers welcome privacy but we also acknowledge that real-world tradeoffs may be inevitable between privacy and safety.  Most of us are at peace with surveillance of telephone and electronic records of suspected criminals or foreign spies.  If law enforcement lacks the information needed to target and halt unlawful threats, the public can […]

Encryption for Social Media and Email

Social media and email services are drifting toward the encryption of their clients’ information.  Consumers will prefer encryption for some of the information stored in their smartphones, laptops and tablets. US retail consumers’ attitude toward privacy is shaped by the belief that some in law enforcement snoop and by our loathing of hackers. A milder […]

The Coming Battle over Encrypt-Decrypt Certification

With disturbing frequency, cyberattacks on government institutions, infrastructure and commercial firms are being reported.  Attacks on government agencies seem to emanate from nation-state rivals such as Russia, China, and Iran.  The attacks are usually probes for intelligence on military strength or for design data on advanced military technologies.  Russia used this strategy to monitor Ukrainian […]