Snowden revelations make IETF rethink security

After the Snowden revelations, the IETF said it was going to do something about mass surveillance. In May 2014, the IETF published a “best practice” document stating baldly that “pervasive monitoring is an attack.” Snowden’s revelations prompted a fundamental rethink within the IETF about what kind of security the internet should be aiming for overall. Specifically, the IETF is in the process of formalizing a concept called “opportunistic security” whereby — even if full end-to-end security isn’t practical for whatever reason — some security is now officially recognized as being better than nothing.

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Domains: Privacy IG

Tags: encryption, Snowden revelations, IETF, security, mass surveillance

Posted on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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