New Wiretapping Mandates Could Harm Privacy, Innovation and Security
CDT Senior Counsel Gregory T. Nojeim recently wrote a guest post for The Hill's Congress Blog: New Wiretapping Mandates Could Harm Privacy, Innovation and Security. The post lays out the potential consequences of the FBI's plan to require that communications applications be wiretap-friendly.
It could seriously stifle innovation – in an area where the U.S. has been a global leader – to require government pre-clearance for the innovator making the next great communications application in his garage or dorm room. Some current applications would have to change so drastically that they would become unrecognizable to current users. Others might be outlawed altogether.