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Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Comment Working with DHS components (Score 2) 198

DHS being the Defense Health Service of the DoD. Someone had the brilliant idea of requiring the use of CACs (ID cards) to log in to terminals used by military medical personnel worldwide. This would satisfy the HIPAA requirements, keep Security happy, make it easy to log who was seeing what, and generally be a Good Thing.

Then it was pointed out that using a CAC for login required a connection to validation servers. And field hospitals in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places generating lots of patients might not have good connections... Oh, and Navy ships at (and especially under) sea can also lack good connectivity.

Amazingly, the Powers That Be agreed that the Idea, while Good, was not practical, so using the CAC is now recommended rather than required.

Comment I bought a VW TDI because (Score 1) 124

It was, according to independent testing and according to VW's marketing: More powerful than gasoline cars, more fuel efficient, and less polluting. The fix, whatever it is, will probably reduce the power available, or reduce fuel economy, in order to bring it within limits. Probably reducing power. So I bought the based on false pretenses. Oh, and I paid more for it than I would have for a gasoline vehicle.

So, yeah, I was definitely defrauded. Of potentially several thousand dollars.

Comment Time to do that 20k word novel in gif form (Score 1) 91

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