If one thing was made clear today, it’s that Congress is woefully unequipped to be debating encryption and backdoors for law enforcement with the major tech giants. But that surely didn’t stop them from doing so anyway!
On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing titled “Encryption and Lawful Access: Evaluating Benefits and Risks to Public Safety and Privacy.”
In plain speak, the Congressional hearing was about big tech’s security protocols to protect your personal data and the police’s frustration in not being able to access that data.
Apple’s Manager of User Privacy, Erik Neuenschwander, and Facebook’s Product Management Director for Privacy and Integrity in Messenger, Jay Sullivan, were both on the panel representing their respective employers. Both of these privacy professionals explained (numerous times) how each of their products worked. They patiently walked through how, in some cases, it’s literally impossible for Apple and Facebook to provide information to law enforcement because the companies themselves don’t have access to the information in question either. Read more…
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