2019-06-07 Ghosts in Crypto

On Netzpolitik (in German) I just read about the new madness: secret services (and other people, for sure!) want to get added as “ghosts” to all your encrypted communications: i.e. your chats, your emails, your website visits... uuugh!

More on Lawfare:

… I will return to the Levy-Robinson proposal of a silent listener added by the service providers. Obviously this technique will work only if the other participants of the communication are kept in the dark as to who the other participants are. Who would trust such a system?

Who indeed? But this sort of blindness, this absolute trust in their own capabilities to keep secrets, in their own trustworthiness, in their own incorruptibility, in their righteousness is sadly only too prevalent in the police forces of the world, in the secret services, in all people who are in power. Which is why I think we would do well to discard their evaluation.

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