Monday, October 10, 2011

WSJ reports on the 1986 ECPA and the inability to protect Wikileaks "volunteer" Appelbaum

The Wall Street Journal today, Columbus Day, reported, in a story by Julia Angwin, on secret orders forcing Google and Sonic.net  (link) to surrender information from email accounts of Jacob Appelbaum, who had “volunteered” for Wikileaks.

As noted before, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act never envisioned the information that could be gleaned from cell phones and other mobile devices.

Mr. Appelbaum  helped develop Tor, a software process that helps masks identities online.  But Mr. Appelbaum’s involvement with  Wikileaks was actually disclosed “accidentally” in a blog (ironically) of the Committee to Protect Journalists (maybe this post link).

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