Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption / Edition 2

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption / Edition 2

by Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262514001

ISBN-13: 9780262514002

Pub. Date: 04/15/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure. The Cold War culture of recording devices in telephone receivers and bugged embassy offices has been succeeded by a post-9/11 world of NSA wiretaps and demands for data retention.

Although the 1990s battle for individual and commercial freedom to use cryptography was won, growth in the use of cryptography has

Overview

Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure. The Cold War culture of recording devices in telephone receivers and bugged embassy offices has been succeeded by a post-9/11 world of NSA wiretaps and demands for data retention.

Although the 1990s battle for individual and commercial freedom to use cryptography was won, growth in the use of cryptography has been slow. Meanwhile, regulations requiring that the computer and communication industries build spying into their systems for government convenience have increased rapidly. The application of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act has expanded beyond the intent of Congress to apply to voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other modern data services; attempts are being made to require ISPs to retain their data for years in case the government wants it; and data mining techniques developed for commercial marketing applications are being applied to widespread surveillance of the population.

In Privacy on the Line,Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau strip away the hype surrounding the policy debate over privacy to examine the national security, law enforcement, commercial, and civil liberties issues. They discuss the social function of privacy, how it underlies a democratic society, and what happens when it is lost. This updated and expanded edition revises their original — and prescient — discussions of both policy and technology in light of recent controversies over NSA spying and other government threats to communications privacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262514002
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Edition description:
updated and expanded edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface to the Updated and Expanded Edition     ix
Preface to the First Edition     xv
Acknowledgements     xix
Introduction     1
Cryptography     11
Cryptography and Public Policy     57
National Security     87
Law Enforcement     125
Privacy: Protections and Threats     141
Wiretapping     173
Communications in the 1990s     205
Cryptography in the 1990s     229
And Then It All Changed     249
Apres le Deluge     277
Conclusion     313
Notes     337
Glossary     393
Bibliography     401
Index     445

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