FBI Director James Comey and Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, Bruce Sewell, are scheduled to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing today titled 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy.'
Comey was President George W. Bush's Deputy Attorney General. [background at the Guardian.]
From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI):
“The widespread use of strong encryption has implications both for Americans’ privacy and security. As technology companies have made great strides to enhance the security of Americans’ personal and private information, law enforcement agencies face new challenges when attempting to access encrypted information. Americans have a right to strong privacy protections and Congress should fully examine the issue to be sure those are in place while finding ways to help law enforcement fight crime and keep us safe.
“Next week, the House Judiciary Committee will continue its examination of encryption and the questions it raises for Americans and lawmakers. As we move forward, our goal is to find a solution that allows law enforcement to effectively enforce the law without harming the competitiveness of U.S. encryption providers or the privacy protections of U.S. citizens.”
Witness Panel 1
• The Honorable James B. Comey
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Comey Written Testimony.pdf (65.9 KBs)
Witness Panel 2
• Mr. Bruce Sewell
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Sewell Written Testimony.pdf (86.7 KBs)
• Ms. Susan Landau
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Landau Written Testimony.pdf (259.0 KBs)
• Mr. Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
New York County
Vance Written Testimony.pdf (177.3 KBs)
If the FBI gets the power to force firms to sign surveillance-enabling code, they'll want to use automatic updates. https://t.co/5DwdASHYQU— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) March 1, 2016
Instead of going to war with Apple, perhaps the US gov should be asking Apple for help with securing its unencrypted communications.— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) February 28, 2016