“Tell me why are we so blind to see, that the ones we hurt are you and me.”
That’s the refrain from American rapper Coolio’s 1995 hit song Gangsta’s Paradise. It’s also a line that sums up the sentiment of FBI Director James Comey’s controversial comments about data encryption.
The FBI Director made a speech in which he stated a desire for Congress to change a 20-year old law to give law enforcement officials access to the encrypted data of suspected criminals. This law is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and it requires telecommunications carriers and equipment manufacturers to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities. CALEA enables law enforcement officials to obtain court warrants to monitor telephone and internet traffic...but it does not cover the activities of new Internet companies.Continue reading →