Berkman in the News
Officials at the highest levels of U.S. law enforcement have spent more than a year trying to scare Americans into believing technologies designed to keep private communications out of government hands create a digital playground for child molesters, jihadists and other shady characters. A new study from Harvard reveals why the claims hold very little truth.
The Harvard report included both current and former senior intelligence officials.
The death of URLs greatly exaggerated
The natural question, of course, is which state’s jurisdiction applies. If the caller is in New York, for example, which has a one-party consent law, but the person being called is in Washington, which requires all-party consent, there isn’t necessarily a clear default. Andy Sellars, a staff attorney and fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, told The Verge that the case’s users should probably err on the more conservative side. Getting consent from all parties is always a safe bet.
“Many believe that data mining is the crystal ball that will enable us to uncover future terrorist plots. But even in the most wildly optimistic projections, data mining isn’t tenable for that purpose,” wrote Bruce Schneier, prominent cryptologist and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, in 2006.