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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Obama Administration Won’t Seek Encryption-Backdoor Legislation

FBI Director James Comey told a congressional panel that the Obama administration won’t ask Congress for legislation requiring the tech sector to install backdoors into their products so the authorities can access encrypted data.

Comey said the administration for now will continue lobbying private industry to create backdoors to allow the authorities to open up locked devices to investigate criminal cases and terrorism.

As I understand it, the folks at the Obama Administration still think that spying on American citizens is a right of the government, as described in George Orwell’s 1984. However, the current administration now realizes that they cannot gain enough support in Congress to implement these non-Utopian ideas.

Details may be found at When you visit that page, pay close attention to the “letter to Obama from the tech sector.” Then blow the dust off your copy of 1984 and read it again.

Categories: Encryption

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