Encryption and wiretapping @ Educated Guesswork
May 13, 2007
Encryption and wiretapping
Bellovin writes: Those who remember the Crypto Wars of the 1990s will recall all of the claims about “we won’t be able to wiretap because of encryption”. In that regard, this portion of the latest DoJ wiretap report is interesting:
Public Law 106-197 amended 18 U.S.C. 2519(2)(b) to require that reporting should reflect the number of wiretap applications granted for which encryption was encountered and whether such encryption prevented law enforcement officials from obtaining the plain text of communications intercepted pursuant to the court orders. In 2006, no instances were reported of encryption encountered during any federal or state wiretap.
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