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What We Learned From the Comey Hearing

 

You can break down the news from Monday’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey into two categories: 1) Big things we already knew but needed confirmed 2) Smaller, but previously undisclosed details.

Testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey and NSA Director Adm.…   continue »

FBI’s Push to “Fix a Typo” Would Really Expand Its Surveillance Authority

At last week’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats, FBI Director James Comey reiterated his call for a major expansion of the FBI’s surveillance authorities, but disingenuously downplayed it as fixing a “typo” in the law. In fact, Comey’s proposed fix, which he calls one of the FBI’s top legislative priorities, would be a major expansion of surveillance authority, and a major hit to Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.…   continue »

James Comey’s Default-Encryption Bogeyman

FBI Director James Comey recently told the Senate Judiciary Committee that encryption routinely poses a problem for law enforcement. He stated that encryption has “moved from being available [only] to the sophisticated bad guy to being the default. So it’s now affecting every criminal investigation that folks engage in.”

This assertion may reflect a shift in the Director’s approach to trying to convince lawmakers to regulate the commercial availability of strong encryption.…   continue »

Cy Vance’s Proposal to Backdoor Encrypted Devices Is Riddled With Vulnerabilities

Less than a week after the attacks in Paris — while the public and policymakers were still reeling, and the investigation had barely gotten off the ground — Cy Vance, Manhattan’s District Attorney, released a policy paper calling for legislation requiring companies to provide the government with backdoor access to their smartphones and other mobile devices.…   continue »