Lavabit vs. the FBI

…back to Levison’s case, currently working its way through federal court. If Lavabit wins, it could set a precedent that services can’t be compelled to give away their certificates. That’s not a total victory, but in a world where FISA court orders can grant seemingly limitless legal authorities, it’s a good start. “What I think Congress really needs to do is set up protected classes of information,” Levison says. “Things that the feds cannot demand from an innocent third-party service. Things like company encryption keys like SSL keys, source code, and admin-level passwords. If we don’t get that, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to trust the security of American products and services for the foreseeable future.”