Legal Considerations for Cellular Research presented at BlackHatUSA 2013

by Marcia Hofmann, Kurt Opsahl,

Summary : The security of mobile communications is becoming increasingly critical, prompting security researchers to focus their attention on vulnerabilities in cellular systems. Researchers need to fully understand the legal ramifications of interacting with specialized hardware, cellular communications, and the restrictions imposed by service providers. This briefing will provide a legal overview of what a researcher should keep in mind when investigating mobile communications, technologies, and networks. We will cover legal issues raised by end user license agreements, jailrooting or rooting devices, and intercepting communications.

Marcia Hofmann: Marcia Hofmann is a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she focuses on computer crime and security, electronic privacy, free speech, and other digital civil liberties issues. She is also a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining EFF, Marcia was staff counsel and Director of the Open Government Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).