Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption

by Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau
     
 

Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure, as the Cold War culture of wiretaps and international spying taught us. Yet many of us still take our privacy for granted, even as we become more reliant than ever on telephones, computer networks, and electronic transactions of all kinds. So many of our relationships now use telecommunication as the primary mode of… See more details below

Overview

Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure, as the Cold War culture of wiretaps and international spying taught us. Yet many of us still take our privacy for granted, even as we become more reliant than ever on telephones, computer networks, and electronic transactions of all kinds. So many of our relationships now use telecommunication as the primary mode of communication that the security of these transactions has become a source of wide public concern and debate. Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau argue that if we are to retain the privacy that characterized face-to-face relationships in the past, we must build the means of protecting that privacy into our communication systems. Diffie and Landau examine the national-security, law-enforcement, commercial, and civil-liberties issues. They discuss privacy's social function, how it underlies a democratic society, and what happens when it is lost. They also explore how intelligence and law-enforcement organizations work, how they intercept communications, and how they use what they intercept.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262041676
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/05/1998
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2Cryptography11
3Cryptography and Public Policy49
4National Security77
5Law Enforcement109
6Privacy: Protections and Threats125
7Wiretapping151
8Communications: The Current Scene183
9Cryptography: The Current Scene205
10Conclusion225
Notes247
Bibliography287
Index319

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