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  • FBI wants companies to back off end-to-end encryption

    U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior law enforcement officials said.

    Written by Grant Gross09 July 15 05:03
  • Don't expect major changes to NSA surveillance from Congress

    After the U.S. Congress approved what critics have called modest limits on the National Security Agency's collection of domestic telephone records, many lawmakers may be reluctant to further change the government's surveillance programs.

    Written by Grant Gross06 June 15 04:13
  • FBI calls for new wiretap law covering social media

    Encrypted social networking tools are hindering the FBI's ability to track terrorists and recruiters who are appealing to young people in the U.S., an FBI official told lawmakers.

    Written by Grant Gross04 June 15 04:42
  • Lawmakers move to end warrantless surveillance of US residents

    A new bill in Congress would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants before targeting U.S. residents in searches of electronic communications collected by the National Security Agency.

    Written by Grant Gross07 May 15 00:29
  • Cerf thinks encryption back doors would be 'super risky'

    Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argued Monday that more users should encrypt their data, and that the encryption back doors the U.S. FBI and other law enforcement agencies are asking for will weaken online security.

    Written by Grant Gross05 May 15 06:19
  • Lawmakers criticize FBI's request for encryption back doors

    U.S. lawmakers are skeptical of an FBI request for Congress to mandate encryption workarounds in smartphones, with critics saying Wednesday that back doors would create new vulnerabilities that bad guys can exploit.

    Written by Grant Gross30 April 15 07:02
  • Obama administration's encryption concerns meant to start a debate

    U.S. President Barack Obama's administration still believes in the use of encryption to protect digital information, even after top officials have questioned how law enforcement agencies will get access to data on encrypted devices, a White House advisor said.

    Written by Grant Gross13 March 15 06:58
  • FBI access to surveillance program expands in recent years

    U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation access to overseas surveillance collected by sister organization the National Security Agency has expanded in recent years, with the law enforcement agency gaining access to collected but unprocessed data in 2009, according to a report released by the government.

    Written by Grant Gross13 Jan. 15 03:57
  • US DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity

    The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

    Written by Grant Gross10 Dec. 14 04:49
  • FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

    Apple and Google should reconsider their plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, U.S. FBI Director James Comey said.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Oct. 14 04:02