May 11, 2017

Will Comey's encryption legacy at FBI go dark?

Featuring Adam Klein

Source: FCW

Journalist Sean Carberry

President Donald Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey has touched off a political tempest in Washington, but in the eye of the storm are questions about how Comey's ouster could shift the debate over encryption.

During Comey's tenure at FBI, he often warned that modern encryption technology was allowing criminals and terrorists to "go dark" and he argued for tech companies to provide secure backdoors or other keys for law enforcement to access devices and communications.

Comey stated in a March 2017 speech at Boston College that in the last quarter of 2016, the FBI received 2,000 devices related to criminal cases, and it was unable to access the data on 1,200 of them.

Read the full article at FCW.

  • Adam Klein

    Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow

    Adam Klein is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  His research centers on the intersection of national security policy and law, inclu...