[cryptography] Reply to Zooko (in Markdown)

Jon Callas jon at callas.org
Thu Aug 29 19:04:35 EDT 2013


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On Aug 29, 2013, at 3:26 PM, zooko <zooko at zooko.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 09:18:33PM +0300, ianG wrote:
>> 
>> I'm not convinced that the US feds can at this stage order the 
>> backdooring of software, carte blanche.  Is there any evidence of 
>> that?
>> 
>> (I suspect that all their powers in this area are from pressure and 
>> horse trading.  E.g., the export of cryptomunitions needs a 
>> licence...)
> 
> I don't know. I asked a lawyer a few days ago -- a person who is, as far as I
> can tell, one of the leading experts in this field. Their answer was that
> nobody knows.

I've spoken to my own lawyers and gotten their opinions. My comments on things reflect my knowledge.

> So I don't think the question of "To whom is my service provider vulnerable?"
> is the right question. You can't really know the answer, so it doesn't help you
> much to wonder about it. The right question is "Am I vulnerable to my service
> provider?". The answer, as far as Silent Circle's current products go, is
> "Yes.".

You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion, but I disagree. I say the answer is no -- or perhaps more fully, no more than yours is.

> 
> (Kudos to Jon for saying something sensical in that last one!)
> 

Thank you.

	Jon


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