Legal support for security researchers

Legal support for security researchers
Legal support for security researchers

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By William Jackson

LAS VEGAS - Information technology security research can be dangerous 
work, no matter what color hat you wear. News of security flaws is 
almost always unwelcome, and not only do you have to worry about 
criminals and hackers, there are also software companies, the courts and 
law enforcement agencies to watch out for.

"Sometimes the owners of the products don't like the message" being sent 
by researchers, said Jennifer Granick, an attorney and civil liberties 
director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). "Security research 
often operates in a hostile environment, and the law often gives 
companies ammunition to use against researchers."

At the foundation's booth at the Black Hat Briefings security conference 
this week, staff members are answering researchers=E2=80=99 questions about the 
legal ramifications of their work as they negotiate a minefield of 
patent and copyright laws.

"It's a heavily regulated, uncertain area of the law," Granick said. "It 
is complicated and vague, and there have been some bad decisions."


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