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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Posing the Warrant Canary

 The BBC poses the concept of a 'warrant canary'

A legal statement that something is not true, by its mere existence?

" .. A warrant canary is a statement saying a company has not received secret requests for user data by government or law enforcement officers.    ..... 

It is named after the birds that were taken down mineshafts to alert workers to toxic gases.  If the canary died in the mine the workers knew they had to leave quickly.  ..... 

Similarly, the existence of a warrant canary on a website indicates the "all clear". When it disappears, visitors might assume the website has received classified requests for data. .. " 

Recently the site Reddit removed their 'Warrant Canary'    .... so  Either ....   the canary is dead and they have had secret requests   or   they are afraid of being sued for having the canary signal there in the first place    or    ?

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