[clug-talk] Online Privacy
sgrover at open2space.com
Fri Jun 19 23:45:03 PDT 2009
The question though is if it should be legal for authorities, boarder
guards, airline security, etc. to demand to search your drive without
cause. If you say no, you're not cooperating so are guilty of
something. If you say yes, then that pic you have of your 2 year old
playing in the bathtub is "child porn" and can get your laptop
confiscated, or worse. Or maybe that "free song" you downloaded is
deemed copywritten and you can't prove you bought it so your laptop is
confiscated pending investigation. Good luck getting your laptop back.
I think the real trouble is that we allow people to judge us without
context (or are forced to).
I have this theory that if it takes some incredibly complex
systems/procedures/technology to "enforce" the laws, then perhaps those
laws are meerly a description of the fickleness of human nature.
Because if it's THAT complex, there will always be simple ways around
Gustin Johnson wrote:
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> simon at mungewell.org wrote:
>> There are also legal methods for encouraging people to surrender
>> plain-text and/or keys.
> Truecrypt has a "plausible deniability" scheme. Basically it hides an
> encrypted partition within an encrypted partition. It is (so far)
> undetectable so only you know it is there. You provide the keys for the
> first layer (and presumably populate it with innocuous data) while
> keeping the secret stuff in one of the subsequent layers.
> Of course all this presumes that one is comfortable skirting the law in
> this manner. Just because it is doable does not make it legal.
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