No such thing as absolute privacy

“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach,” Comey said at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity. He made the remark as he discussed the rise of encryption since 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed sensitive US spy practices.
“Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America,” Comey added. “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”
 But, he also said Americans “have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices.
“It is a vital part of being an American. The government cannot invade our privacy without good reason, reviewable in court,” Comey continued.
The privacy conversation continues in 2017 as the White House sends mixed messages.  And new threats to computing devices and TVs remind us to be vigilent and not assume that we are protected from surveillance, hacking, and cyber crime.

FBI Chief Comey on Privacy

Thanks to the FBI and CNN

Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief

Joseph Cannataci describes British oversight as ‘a joke’ and says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed

The US continues to be embarrassed by their lack of sensitivity of Privacy rights when compared to the UK and Europe.

Yes, Virginia, Belgium and France have had terrorists attacks and seem to be able to balance homeland security, criminal investigations and lawful citizen privacy.

Source: Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief | Technology | The Guardian

CloudFlare's Red October Crypto app with two-man rule style file encryption and decryption

Thanks to The Guardian

‘Privacy Shield’ Agreement Between EU And U.S. Looks Inadequate, Could Be Challenged At CJEU

“EU and the U.S. reached a new data transferring framework to ensure privacy protections for EU citizens’ data. However, initial analysis of the agreement doesn’t show that it’s very promising or resilient against new CJEU scrutiny.”

We (in the US) continue to struggle with model nations across the water whose privacy rights are much more stringent than ours.  Lets hope that 2016 becomes there when we “get it together”.

Meanwhile SafeJunction offers the best protection for honest law-abiding citizens to privatize their information and control the conditions under which it can be viewed, duplicated, or forwarded.

Source: ‘Privacy Shield’ Agreement Between EU And U.S. Looks Inadequate, Could Be Challenged At CJEU

Thanks to Toms Hardware and Europa

You Can’t Have Privacy Without Security

“To me, the most frustrating thing is when people treat privacy and security as if they are trade-offs.”


The privacy conversation is alive and well.  Hearing from someone whose responsibility was protecting US Borders and walking a fine line between protection and civil rights provides a clear perspective of the issues.

Yes, we were blindsided in the US when the 911 attack occurred.  But blaming that event on loose borders and immigration policy or restrictive telecommunications laws would be ludicrous.

We continue to struggle with the means for protecting the freedom and privacy of honest citizens and guarding our borders.  And the conversation WILL continue.

Source: Former DHS Director Chertoff: ‘You Can’t Have Privacy Without Security’


Thanks to Former DHS Director Chertoff