WASHINGTON, DC (ACRN) - One thing that must be on the minds of privacy advocates is whether or not VPNs, and encryption in general, might be banned, as a result of Monday's bombings in Boston.
After the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and the 2010 Moscow Metro attacks, there was a lot of talk about banning, or at least restricting, encryption, becuase the attackers in both instances supposedly used encryption to conceal what they were doing.
A number of IP telephony services, such as Skype and Vonage, use encrypted systems that are almost impossible to wiretap, and there was talk in late 2010 about enactinb some kind of restrictions on encryption.
One has to wonder whether or not another attempt will be made. The most likely time for an attempt, at this time, would likely be during the time that CISPA is on the house floor. No such amendments have been brought up yet, but there is still at least one more day of amendments before the final House version of CISPA is voted upon.
We will be brroadcasting day two of the floor action on CISPA starting at 12:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time. It was 11:00 PM, but they changed the time to one hour later, please make a note of it.
UPDATE: CISPA did pass, but without the VPN ban we have feared, but it may not be over. There is a cybersecurity bill in the works by Dianne Feinstein. She is one of the top enemies of Internet freedom, so it would not be surprising if some kind of ban on VPNs, or encryption, in general, were part of the bill.