Your Digital Privacy

Posted September 14, 2017 by in Security

Due to the ever evolving world of technology and how it is used in our daily lives, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that privacy rules and laws also have to change within this environment.  But how much will they change?  If you don’t remember, Apple had a standoff with the FBI concerning unlocking a phone that was owned by a terrorist attacker and more recently, police in Arkansas are trying to obtain audio and other records from Amazon for one of its Echo devices belonging to an accused murderer.    Although these stories are the extreme and frightening, it does make you wonder just how much information you are transferring through your electronic devices that could be retrieved and also used to commit a crime against you personally if hacked into.

Encryption is definitely something lawmakers will be taking a closer look at and could also affect how law enforcement is able to complete search warrants and collect information in criminal cases.  However, the adoption of encryption is essential to both individual and national security.

At the opposite end of this discussion on security, is the call of organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation trying to protect consumers from possible “overreaches” by the new administration that could threaten digital privacy.  Such “overreaches” were a keystone of the dispute between Apple and the FBI.  Legislative efforts to urge technology companies to code backdoors for government officials and law enforcement authorities to gain access to devices have faced concerted opposition so far, but the EFF thinks there are only more of these requests to come.  According to the EFF, the only way to make both sides happy is for those who understand cryptography and those who build technology to work together.