Tag Archive: Chief technology officer


Protect Firefox Browser From The U.S. Government, Says Mozilla Exec

 

 

” Among the issues that President Obama did not address in his lukewarm call for “reform” of NSA spying practices are allegations that U.S. government officials have used their clout to compromise encryption technology and strongarm companies into inserting backdoors into their technology. That’s not a small issue, because it gives the NSA and other agencies access to vast quantities of information at least as sensitive as what they gather from sucking up phone meta data. Last week, even before the president’s speech, Brendan Eich, the Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox Web browser, called on the public to help resist such threats.

Wrote Eich in a blog post:

As a result of laws in the US and elsewhere, prudent users must interact with Internet services knowing that despite how much any cloud-service company wants to protect privacy, at the end of the day most big companies must comply with the law. The government can legally access user data in ways that might violate the privacy expectations of law-abiding users. Worse, the government may force service operators to enable surveillance (something that seems to have happened in the Lavabit case).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democrats Demand Issa Withdraw Subpoena

 

 

 

” The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee on Monday demanded that Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) withdraw a “misguided” subpoena of an official who is working to fix the federal ObamaCare website.

In a blistering letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) accused Issa of hurling “unfounded accusations” against Todd Park, the administration’s chief technology officer (CTO).

Cummings said Issa’s subpoena was “diverting Mr. Park’s energies” from his work and could “seriously impair” the race to repair HealthCare.gov.

Issa subpoenaed Park last week, ordering him to testify Wednesday before the Oversight Committee.

The committee chairman said he offered a handful of opportunities for Park to speak in front of his committee but was continuously rebuffed by the White House, which said Park was too busy to appear.”