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Ruling Threatens Internet Privacy, Brief Says

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 25, 2013

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief Thursday arguing that a court order requiring secure e-mail provider Lavabit to hand over its master encryption key undermines the security and privacy of the Internet, IDG News Service reports. Filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fourth Circuit, the brief contends the order would have allowed the U.S. government to access the personal information of all of Lavabit’s 400,000 users. “This is like trying to hit a nail with a wrecking ball,” the EFF brief stated. Meanwhile, LinkedIn’s Intro service is raising privacy and security concerns.
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