Microsoft Research SVC and Applied Theory

Microsoft Research SVC and Applied Theory

Most people have heard by now about the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) Lab. It definitely came as a shock to everyone (including other MSR researchers) and many people have commented online about what the lab meant to them and about all the great research that came out of it. There … Continue reading

A Note on Crypto Design vs. Crypto Engineering

A Note on Crypto Design vs. Crypto Engineering

In my previous post, I described a cryptographic protocol that could allow a telecommunications company to keep its data, and the NSA to legally access it (i.e., with authorization from a FISA court) without revealing its queries. In response to the post, a few people have asked me whether the protocol was implemented and, if … Continue reading

Are Compliance and Privacy Always at Odds?

Are Compliance and Privacy Always at Odds?

Chris Soghoian points to an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. It describes mounting pressure on the NSA to re-design its phone-data program—the program under which it compels telecommunications companies (telcos) like Verizon to turn over their phone record data. In the article, Timothy Edgar, a former privacy lawyer who served in the Bush … Continue reading