Thoughts on GnuPG and automation

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Mar 3 19:31:14 CET 2015

> This is definitely public information from the Snowden leaks.  There 
> is also quite a bit of information about other governments doing 
> similar things.  Here's one example article:

If all encrypted traffic is deemed suspicious, then 99.9999999% of the
suspicious set -- Amazon transactions, Google searches, SMTP transfers,
instant messaging, OkCupid profiles, iTunes purchases, and more -- is
totally clean.  You'd have statistically better odds by arresting random
people on suspicion of murder.  The policy would be completely
pants-on-head absurd.

This leads to a different question: "Is it more likely that this is the
real pants-on-head absurd policy, or that the _Forbes_ journo has
profoundly misunderstood the subject?"

Just because something's been published doesn't mean it should be
trusted.  Bring your brain -- and when someone tells you something that
supports your worldview, look at that thing hard and twice.

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