The topic of recording police and other members of the Authoritah class has arisen hereabouts. Specifically the legality (or otherwise) of recording them.
Sad fact is that, although it’s clear as shiny Windexed glass that any citizen ought to be able to record any activity performed in public by “their” government, state laws are often ambiguous at best, lunatic at worst.
Most laws about recording were written before half the planet carried video equipment in its pockets and were written in a panic over the horrors of “illegal wiretapping,” to boot. Perfectly innocent people have been threatened with serious prison time, like the Maryland motorcyclist who accidentally caught a crazed, non-uniformed cop via his helmet cam. (And thugs are still at it.)
Anyhow, now comes a perfect example of how an activist, operating in the open, has become a victim of so-called privacy laws: Adam Meuller is going to jail.
Speaking of privacy, earlier this month I mentioned CryptoCat, the encrypted chat site, in passing and said it looked worth some investigation as a potential privacy tool.
Investigation, indeed. Via security maven Bruce Schneier comes a handful of links debating CryptoCat and the journalism around it.
“Security Researchers: How to Critique a Tech Story Without Being Arrogant and Exclusionary” (A reply to the above)
Much food for thought. Bottom line: CryptoCat has the advantage of being open source and being the work of an honest young developer who listens to suggestions and improves his product. But if you can’t see or control the security measures for yourself, don’t trust anybody else’s word that they really are secure.
(Tip o’ hat to JG for today’s links.)