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Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over the past several weeks, the rolling out of Google SSL search has been getting attention here at slashdot, but also some not-so-pleasant obstacles have been in the making much to the frustration of school students and teachers alike. All of this is due to the fact that many content filter vendors have decided to block all google ssl traffic.

While this is being worked on by google to appease these vendors, my question to slashdot is this, "Is it the right of a company to restrict SSL traffic so they can snoop your data, or is it the right of an individual to be entitled to encrypted internet facilities? Also, is the search data you create your data, or your company's?" IANAL but this all seems at odds with the Data Protection Act as some local governments here and here possibly use the very same filtering service for their government employees (as well as the one I work for), and it would also seem to go against the spirit of FIPS (though I appreciate Federal standards are separate from schools in the states)."

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Google SSL Blocked by Schools Across the World

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  • "Is it the right of a company to restrict SSL traffic so they can snoop your data, or is it the right of an individual to be entitled to encrypted internet facilities?

    Nobody cares about your fucking data. They care about being able to filter content.

    And if you're using someone else's network, you have exactly as many "rights" as they want to give you.

  • I ran into this a couple years ago... Bluecoat has a proxy server with a SSL hardware decode card that will spoof SSL certs on the fly. If you are a school/government organization than just push the CA Root cert to all the clients that you used to sign to the cert on the Bluecoat and poof! Instant on demand certificates for all the websites on the internet. You get to be the monkey in the middle and do all the content analysis via ICAP or other means easy peasy. No reason to block it.

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