FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)


By Chelsea McCampbell & Elliot D. Cohen | * Project Censored

FBI Surveillance

Responding to announcements by Apple and Google that they would make customers’ smartphone and computer data more secure, in October 2014 the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s director James Comey announced that the Bureau was seeking to enlarge its data collection capabilities to include direct access to cell phones, tablets, and computers through an expansion of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Comey told an audience at the Brookings Institution that expanding surveillance was in the interest of “public safety” to protect the nation against “potential terrorist threats.”

According to the FBI director, “Unfortunately, the law hasn’t kept pace with technology, and this disconnect has created a significant public-safety problem.” Specifically, Comey called on Congress to update CALEA to mandate all software and hardware providers to build interception methods into their products and services.

The debate hinges on this language in CALEA: “A telecommunications carrier shall not be responsible for decrypting, or ensuring the government’s ability to decrypt, any communication encrypted by a subscriber or customer, unless the encryption was provided by the carrier and the carrier possesses the information necessary to decrypt the communication.” Commenting on CALEA and Comey’s appeal, Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote, “Nothing in the bill is intended to limit or otherwise prevent the use of any type of encryption within the United States. Nor does the Committee intend this bill to be in any way a precursor to any kind of ban or limitation on encryption technology.”

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*Originally entitled: “#20 FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Communications Technology”


“FBI Wants Congress to Mandate Backdoors in Tech Devices to Facilitate Surveillance,” Homeland Security News Wire, October 20, 2014, https://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20141020-fbi-wants-congress-to-mandate-backdoors-in-tech-devices-to-facilitate-surveillance.

Cindy Cohn, Jeremy Gillula, and Seth Schoen, “What Default Phone Encryption Really Means For Law Enforcement,” Vice News, October 8, 2014, https://news.vice.com/article/what-default-phone-encryption-really-means-for-law-enforcement.

Ed Pilkington, “FBI Demands New Powers to Hack into Computers and Carry out Surveillance,” Guardian, October 29, 2014, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/29/fbi-powers-hacking-computers-surveillance.

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  1. 1126463204038426@facebook.com' Linda Too says:

    Where is our right to privacy?

    • 132823023741944@facebook.com' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

      The internet or any communication device isn’t considered property. It’s worldwide used, therefore it isn’t “private”. This is just how I know they view it. Me though, I say keep your eyes open, your mind mindful and your spoken word wise.

  2. 140422426320269@facebook.com' Sara Haas says:

    No problem. My sons dad is a pedophile and if it helps catch sick animals I’ll be happy. FBI is welcome to look at my personal info anytime.

  3. 1179292862087700@facebook.com' Rose Rini says:

    I agree with Sara

  4. 927634983980353@facebook.com' Debbie Bretschneider says:

    I agree with Sara as well; I have nothing to hide.

  5. 627669377375119@facebook.com' El Escritor says:

    Our rights must also be exercise. It’s good in the sense that we would be safer if ever there’s a possible threat that would put our lives at stake but we must consider the right that we all have.

  6. 10153397469016731@facebook.com' Dinorah Cobos says:

    What happened to our civil liberties and right to privacy!!!!

  7. 1515139338799167@facebook.com' April Lawless says:

    You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide…wise words once spoken by Hitler…those of you who say this because it “might catch someone” are foolish. ..may I remind you the NSA has been spying on us all and the Boston Marathon Bombing STILL happened…wake the fuck up folks…there is no such thing as absolute security or safety…don’t be fooled into giving up your rights…because there are way more law abiding people than bad guys…and with everything that offends people in this country these days…I’m truly shocked that law abiders would volunteer to be treated like criminals…I for one do not like it…I still believe in the constitution of this country which is truly supposed to be the law of the land…those that willingly give up there rights should be the first to go when the time comes. ..just saying

    • myoease@gmail.com' Robin says:

      I agree too. Unfortunate that we sometimes hook up with ‘bad guys’ but we can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. I’m not sure what the answer(s) for catching ‘sick animals’ are but I’m pretty sure that surveilling everyone is not it and will cause far more harm than good in the long run.

  8. 1018966154808448@facebook.com' Imma Lima says:

    Gangstalking !!!!!

  9. 10207763601185427@facebook.com' Eduardo Mallorquín says:

    In the interest of public safety?


    And What about:
    coal , global warming, oil, fracking, artic drilling, false wars, poverty, human rights, destruction of Rain forest, GMO’s, Monsanto, etc, etc, etc, …… In the interest of public safety?

    Is that not interest?

    Maybe you mean….”public control?????”


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