FBI in Danger of “Going Dark” if not able to Tap Devices
- By Ginger Hill
- Dec 05, 2014
In this day and age of “privacy” (I use that term very loosely), the FBI is proactively attempting to stand its ground in being able to tap into devices easier. FBI head James Comey is the one leading this request for new rules. But, Comey comes into direct opposition with Democrat Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon, who insists on blocking this request.
With the Secure Data Act in place, agencies would be banned from forcing manufactures to alter their products to allow for easy surveillance and search, but this is precisely what Comey said is necessary as encryption becomes more sophisticated.
“Strong encryption and sound computer security is the best way to keep Americans’ data safe from hackers and foreign threats,” said Wyden. “It is the best way to protect our constitutional rights at a time when a person’s whole life can often be found on his or her smartphone.”
Earlier this year, Comey delivered a speech in which he warned people that the FBI is in danger of “going dark,” being technically unable to access evidence on newly-encrypted phones, computers and other devices.
“The more we as a society rely on these devices, the more important they are to law enforcement and public safety officials,” explained Comey.
Honestly, I can see both sides of this. Wyden is speaking strictly about cyber safety, which is a huge deal and Comey is saying that in order to protect the good people from the bad, having access to the bad people’s devices would help.
Who do you side with? Wyden or Comey?
Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.