My buddy Curt Hopkins is writing about the Patraeus case, and asked:
I wonder, in addition to ‘it’s safe if it’s in the draft folder,’ how many
additional technically- and legally-useless bits of sympathetic magic that
people regularly use in the belief that it will save them from intrusion or
discovery, either based on the law or on technology?
In other words, are there a bunch of ‘old wives’ tales’ you’ve seen that people
believe will magically ensure their privacy?
I think it’s a fascinating question–what are the myths of email security, and for the New School bonus round, how would we test their efficacy?
I should be clear that he’s writing for The Daily Dot, and would love our help [for his follow-up article].
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