[cryptography] LeastAuthority.com announces PRISM-proof storage service

Richard Guy Briggs rgb at tricolour.net
Tue Aug 13 16:28:27 EDT 2013


On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 01:09:15PM -0600, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 8/13/13 12:53 PM, ianG wrote:
> > On 13/08/13 20:16 PM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> >> On 8/13/13 11:02 AM, ianG wrote:
> >>> Super!  I think a commercial operator is an essential step forward.
> >>
> >> How so? Centralization via commercial operators doesn't seem to have
> >> helped in the email space lately.
> > 
> > Centralisation works when the server doesn't have any information of
> > value.  Presumably the most that LeastAuthority.com can say is that a
> > certain company has X GB of documents and updates that set at rate Y.
> > Not a lot of value there...
> 
> Although presumably there would be value in shutting down a
> privacy-protecting service just so that people can't benefit from it any
> longer. When the assumption is that everything must be public, any
> service that keeps some information non-public might be perceived as a
> threat.
> 
> > The reason email space providers are suffering is that even when the
> > content is encrypted, the To: and From are not.  This enables a fairly
> > dramatic capability -- seeing who's writing to whom.  In contrast to the
> > bland GB number, this would provide all a business's customers, all a
> > dissident's contacts, all an insniding trader's leakees, etc etc...
> 
> Sure, that problem is well-known by now. :-/ However, I'm not convinced
> that email providers have been shut down (or have done so proactively)
> only because they send around To and From addresses.

This comes to mind when I read that:

	http://lavabit.com/

> Peter Saint-Andre

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