Encryption Talk at ‘Inside The Dark Net’ Conference


At the Inside Dark Web conference in New York City Thursday, an attorney who works for the U.S. Army and the CIA discussed plans to regulate encryption technologies.

“State legislative response may be un-Constitutional, because it would place a burden on interstate commerce,” Alexander Urbelis, who works at Blackstone Law Group said. “So they may, in fact, be a way to encourage the federal government to enact encryption legislation.”

California, Louisiana, and New York have all introduced some kind of encryption legislation recently.

California’s proposed “Assembly 1681,” would have made phone manufacturers and operating system providers pay a $2,500 for not obeying court orders to decrypt phones. This bill was voted against last month however. New York currently has a similar bill proposition that is currently still in the committee.

“The economic implications would outstrip the privacy implications,” Urbelis noted while talking about the effects of the bill sponsored by Feinstein and Burr. “The economic implications of these legislation have not been fully thought through. They are obviously going to become very attractive targets for hackers, and other criminal groups.”

Urbelis is the head of Black Chambers; which is an information security firm that protects legal privilege.

Many law firms have lost confidence of clients to protect their data. Law firms have been for a long time the soft underbelly of their clients,” he said.

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