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Submission + - Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should be Court-Order Resistant (freedom-to-tinker.com)

Jah-Wren Ryel writes: Commentators on the Lavabit case, including the judge himself, have criticized Lavabit for designing its system in a way that resisted court-ordered access to user data. They ask: If court orders are legitimate, why should we allow engineers to design services that protect users against court-ordered access?

The answer is simple but subtle: There are good reasons to protect against insider attacks, and a court order is an insider attack.

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Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should be Court-Order Resistant

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