‘prevent encryption above all else’

‘prevent encryption above all else’ by Andrea Peterson.

From the post:

The debate over encryption erupted on Capitol Hill again Wednesday, with an FBI official testifying that law enforcement’s challenge is working with tech companies “to build technological solutions to prevent encryption above all else.”

At first glance the comment from Michael B. Steinbach, assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, might appear to go further than FBI Director James B. Comey. Encryption, a technology widely used to secure digital information by scrambling data so only authorized users can decode it, is “a good thing,” Comey has said, even if he wants the government to have the ability get around it.

But Steinbach’s testimony also suggests he meant that companies shouldn’t put their customers’ access to encryption ahead of national security concerns — rather than saying the government’s top priority should be preventing the use of the technology that secures basically everything people do online.

That seems plain enough doesn’t it?

BTW, Michael Steinbach isn’t just a name in a report. He can be identified with this photo:

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The picture in Andrea’s post is much more recent but probably also subject to copyright restrictions. I got mine off the FBI website at: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/executives/steinbach.

Whatever the government says, the goal is to leave you ripe for the rape of identification measures. And that’s only the beginning.

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