Thursday, December 14, 2023

More Strangers in the House: A Bold New Plan for Preserving Online Privacy and Security

Santa wants to know if I’ve been a good boy….In the words of Mae West - “When I’m good, I’m good, but when I’m bad I’m better.”

Another memorable luncheon at Strangers … towards a decade of Czech mate gathering

No wonder that many bloggers are linking to this Outside essay about attending a grueling destination wedding deep in the Guatemalan jungle. It is part of the  Longreads’ “Best Personal Essays of 2023” list

 Documents Show The DEA Has Problems Constraining Itself To Losing The War On Drugs TechDirt 

Automakers’ Data Privacy Practices ‘Are Unacceptable,’ Says US Senator ars technica

23andMe admits hackers accessed 6.9 million users’ DNA Relatives data The Verge 

A Bold New Plan for Preserving Online Privacy and Security

IEEE Spectrum: “…We’re all hoping that companies will keep us safe, but it’s increasingly clear that they don’t, can’t, and won’t. We should stop expecting them to.” 

To ensure that cloud services do not learn more than they should, and that a breach of one does not pose a fundamental threat to our data, we need two types of decoupling. The first is organizational decoupling: dividing private information among organizations such that none knows the totality of what is going on. The second is functional decoupling: splitting information among layers of software. Identifiers used to authenticate users, for example, should be kept separate from identifiers used to connect their devices to the network. In designing decoupled systems, cloud providers should be considered potential threats, whether due to malice, negligence, or greed. 

To verify that decoupling has been done right, we can learn from how we think about encryption: You’ve encrypted properly if you’re comfortable sending your message with your adversary’s communications system. Similarly, you’ve decoupled properly if you’re comfortable using cloud services that have been split across a noncolluding group of adversaries…”