I’d wondered when the feds would think of this:
"Google has records that could help in a cyber-investigation, he said,"
Wright adds. "Giorgio warned me, ‘We have a saying in this business:
`Privacy and security are a zero-sum game.’"
A New Internet Wiretapping Plan?
15 January 2008
Their saying is wrong, as Bellovin points out:
The risks are quite similar to those posed by CALEA: this is an
intentional vulnerability which can be exploited by the wrong
people. (That’s what happeed to the Greek cellphone network.)
But some people believe the saying anyway, and will act on it,
unless they are stopped.
In addition to the Chinese national firewall being used as a
Panopticon that encourages self-censorship
other uses are now emerging:
Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being
redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would
indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search
engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites,
by Duncan Riley,
18 October 2007
Sort of an involuntary proxy, going somewhere other than where you thought.
Note the distinction between censorship and this new action:
…the redirect to Baidu would indicate an economic motive; if the Chinese
Government were serious about censorship alone we would have reports of
page not found/ blocked messages, not redirects to Baidu. The Chinese
Government is clearly using its censorship regime to the economic benefit
of a Chinese owned (but NASDAQ listed) company.
And also remember that there are U.S. government sponsored web panopticon
Research so far, or so far as we know.
PS: Seen on
Dancho Danchev‘s blog.