July 26, 2013
Are the Feds Asking Tech Companies For User Passwords?

Over at CNET, Declan McCullagh reports on yet another way that the surveillance state is threatening our privacy. “The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders,” he reports. He goes on to explain, “if the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user.” His sources say that their employers respond to these law enforcement requests by vigorously challenging them. Do some Web companies just quietly cave instead?
Read more. [Image: Freddy the Boy/Flickr]

Are the Feds Asking Tech Companies For User Passwords?

Over at CNET, Declan McCullagh reports on yet another way that the surveillance state is threatening our privacy. “The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders,” he reports. He goes on to explain, “if the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user.” His sources say that their employers respond to these law enforcement requests by vigorously challenging them.

Do some Web companies just quietly cave instead?

Read more. [Image: Freddy the Boy/Flickr]

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