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Re: Dan Gillmor's

Author:Dennis Peterson
Posted:9/27/1999; 12:28:23 PM
Topic:Dan Gillmor's
Msg #:11502 (In response to 11470)
Prev/Next:11501 / 11503

Right to privacy is in the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. "

Electronic documents would certainly be equivalent to "papers," IMHO.

It is simply not the case that strong encryption makes law enforcement impossible. If the police get a warrant, they can bug your keyboard to capture your passphrase. Unless you take special precautions they can also read your monitor emissions. What they can't do if we all use encryption is monitor the networks wholesale, with no warrants.

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