[cryptography] Reply to Zooko (in Markdown)

coderman coderman at gmail.com
Fri Aug 30 15:35:06 EDT 2013


On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM, coderman <coderman at gmail.com> wrote:
> ...
> this is but a tame example of fiscal absurdity related to interception
> infrastructure; it is big business and truth is stranger than fiction!


lawful intercept*, at any scale and jurisdiction, is a profit center.

for US intelligence community alone payments to private businesses
topped half a billion a year on average for the last three years.

see also:
http://cryptome.org/2013/08/spy-tidbits.pdf



* for sake of argument i'm considering this any agreement and
infrastructure which provides customer information (metadata or
content) from a business to the government for law enforcement or
intelligence purposes.  as we've also seen from these disclosures,
traditional "lawful intercept" compelled by statute (e.g. CALEA for
POTS) is a minuscule contributor to the overall flow of private
information to the government.

it's not "lawful intercept" if the government buys this data you
willing sell, it's "data services" ;)


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