NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Surveillance Will Soon Be the Lesser of Your Worries Posted by Sean @ 16:05 GMT

The debate continues regarding the U.S. Government's domestic surveillance programs — which U.S. privacy advocates argue are a violation of Fourth Amendment constitutional protections.

Meanwhile in Europe:

Several E.U. countries such as France, Belgium and the U.K. already have laws that compel individuals or companies to decrypt data requested by law enforcement authorities for investigations.

Laws to force suspects to decrypt their data?

However, introducing a law that forces suspects to decrypt information could violate Article 6 of the ECHR, which states that a person doesn�t have to incriminate oneself
(Dutch judges: Decryption orders could violate human rights)

The law could be a violation Article 6 of the ECHR. As in Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights — which like the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — provides protections to individuals from being forced to incriminate themselves.

Refuse to provide your password?

Go to jail.

The issue needs more debate.

But what happens when you can't refuse? After all, science is getting better at understanding kinesic information leakage (video).

And technology is rapidly attempting to automate what science has learned…

Wired.com: Deception Is Futile When Big Brother�s Lie Detector Turns Its Eyes on You

In the not too distant future — even your own mind won't be able to protect secrets.

Wanted: a new kind of firewall.