Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP • The Register

Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP • The Register.

ALMOST a good idea.

It’s flaw is the usual authoritarian design whereby an “authority” has a key to the data which they can use at will.

Under Trusted Surveillance, the keys will be held in various ways but the common factor uniting them all is that NO authority can use the keys without the co-operation (and thus surveillance) of ordinary citizens.

Technically this is not difficult. If the key is a, for example, 256 byte string, it is trivial to divide it among virtually any number of citizens in such a way that it requires – say –  90% of any randomly selected hundred citizens to agree that there is a prima facie case for combining their keys before they can be sure of re-assembling the key and getting at the data.

This ensures that keys are never exposed frivolously or maliciously because citizens will tend to operate on the “do as you would be done by” principle and only agree to expose a fellow citizen’s secrets in situations where they would accept that it would be reasonable to expose such secrets were they suspected of a similar “offence”.

It imposes true democratic control on the surveillance – which is a key reason why it will be widely Trusted. Except of course by the Authoritarians, who don’t trust citizens in the first place…


About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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