Thursday, June 20, 2013

NSA boss wants companies to be immunized from liability if they follow illegal orders from the NSA - Boing Boing

Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing writes on the NSA's request. Excerpt below:
NSA boss wants companies to be immunized from liability if they follow illegal orders from the NSA - Boing Boing: General Keith Alexander, who is in charge of the NSA, has asked Congress to pass legislation immunizing companies from liability if they break the law following NSA spying orders. While on its face this seems reasonable -- if the government orders you to do something, it seems unfair for its judicial branch to prosecute you -- it's really a tacit admission of NSA lawbreaking. Much more reassuring would be a promise from Alexander that his agency will limits its requests of companies to strictly lawful behavior, and a Congressional law immunizing companies that turn down NSA requests if they have a good faith basis for believing that the NSA is asking them to break the law.

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