Mar 052014
 
 March 5, 2014  Business, Govt, Laws, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Robert Richardson writes:

 According to one of the nation’s top digital civil liberties attorneys, U.S. companies have little legal recourse when powerful law enforcement agencies like the FBI make overreaching demands for their customers’ sensitive data.

In a presentation at last Thursday’s inaugural TrustyCon event, attorney Marcia Hofmann told attendees that the circumstances in which private email provider Lavabit opted to shutter its business might not be unique. Last summer Lavabit and Silent Circle, two providers of encrypted digital communications services, shuttered their services to avoid forced disclosure of their users’ data to U.S. government agencies.

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