Government eavesdropping hubbub

Since the NSA leaks a few weeks ago, government eavesdropping has been in the news daily. I've been talking with people about this quite a bit, but haven't posted anything to date. Today I'm summarizing a few things that I feel are important into a single post.

First, on the leaks themselves. Snowden broke the law in releasing classified information. However, he hasn't done anything that will fundamentally endanger anyone. He should be treated as a whistleblower, not as US enemy number 1.


Security and obscurity as it relates to Facebook Graph

When data breaches are intolerable, obscurity is not the way to secure the data; however, obscurity is a reasonable way to enhance your overall privacy. Facebook Graph has the potential to obliterate, or vastly reduce, obscurity. Loss of obscurity is really something we should be concerned about:


Maintaining privacy when crossing borders with your digital data

Most border crossings are uneventful, but if you have sensitive data on your electronic devices, you may be in for some surprises if you assume the data is private:

For now, a border agent has the legal authority to search your electronic devices at the border even if she has no reason to think that you’ve done anything wrong.

The EFF has a great guide for maintaining your privacy:



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