posted on Jul, 26 2013 @ 08:28 AM
It seems the Feds can be more direct if they want your data. They can demand hashed passwords from companies that you have an account with. Google
have denied ever giving a hashed password to the government.
" The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with
these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an
account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations
where passwords are reused."
If true this is a small escalation of the surveillance problem. Being able to impersonate someone seems pretty dodgy. There appears to be some
question over whether they have the legal right to demand this information. Tech companies have pushed back from these demands, but I am sure the Feds
will wait for an appropriate opportunity to persuade compliance.
something else to tell your congress man/woman