Why David Petraeus’ Email Troubles Should Make You Nervous

The digital demise of former CIA Director David Petraeus underscores a key warning for an age in which computer servers retain nearly every residue of human interaction: Law enforcement authorities can easily trace who sent an email, even if users attempt to shield their identities. In many cases they don’t even need to obtain a judge’s permission, privacy experts note.”You can take steps to protect your privacy but you have to get everything right,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. “If you get one thing wrong, the government can figure out who you are.”

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