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The Thin Border Between Privacy and Security

Digital rights and privacy advocates are urging a court of appeals to require law enforcement agents at the U.S. border to obtain warrants when they want to search someone’s digital device.

The Folly of Encryption Backdoors

In the aftermath of the election, many people in the security and privacy communities have expressed renewed concerns about the possibility the federal government might again try to implement backdoors or otherwise weaken encryption. It will likely be months before we see any movement on that front, but for now, a new report from the European Union’s information security agency says in no uncertain terms that backdoored encryption is bad for users and undermines the security of the network for everyone.

Big Change Coming to Government Hacking Powers

In two weeks, the federal government will gain significant new authority to perform remote searches of devices anywhere in the country, with a single warrant. The new power will go into effect on Dec. 1, and though Congress has the ability to prevent that from happening, it’s looking less and less likely that they will.

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