CONGRESSMAN LIEU LETTER TO FBI DIRECTOR COMEY ON ENCRYPTION “BACKDOOR” PROPOSAL

June 1, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | California) and Chairman Will Hurd (R | Texas) of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology have sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey regarding the Bureau’s encryption “backdoor” proposal.  Both Lieu and Hurd hold computer science degrees.

The bipartisan letter expresses Lieu and Hurd’s disagreement with the FBI’s proposal to force private sector companies to create a “backdoor” that allows law enforcement to circumvent encryption technology.  In the letter, Lieu and Hurd also urge the FBI to find alternative ways of addressing the challenges posed by new technologies. 

Congressman Lieu and Chairman Hurd write:

“Democracy will always have to strike a balance between security and liberty. While we recognize the challenging role of law enforcement in helping to strike that balance, we strongly, but respectfully, disagree with the FBI’s proposal to force private sector companies to weaken the security of their products and services by creating a “backdoor” that allows law enforcement to circumvent encryption technology. ”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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