Worth Reading: Encryption substitutes

Policy experts have suggested that the rise of encrypted data is not the end of intelligence collection because law enforcement can look to substitutes other sources of intelligence, such as metadata that prove to be just as valuable or more valuable than decrypting encrypted data. This paper focuses on the other side of that insight: on the substitutes available for privacy-seekers beyond encryption, such as placing one’s data in a jurisdiction that is beyond the reach of law enforcement. This framework puts encryption in context: there are many ways to keep one’s data private, just as there are many ways that the government might get access to that data. While encryption is typically treated as a stand-alone computer security issue, it is a piece of a larger debate about government access to personal data. —Andrew Keane Woods @ Scirbd