Reporter’s privilege: Technology increases difficulty of protecting sources and notes

Faulty computer security and their own inexperience with encryption pose problems for journalists in keeping their notes and sources from authorities.

With the right surveillance technology, it is easy these days to gain access to reporters’ telephone, Skype, e-mails and instant messaging. -db

From a commentary in the Columbia Journalism Review, January 9, 2012, by Alysia Santo.

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