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November 10, 2014 | Peter Swire

Debating the FBI on Phone Encryption

FBI Director James Comey has heated up the encryption debate with his recent appearances on Sixty Minutes and at the Brookings Institution.  Comey has sharply criticized Apple and Google for the companies’ announcements that they would enable strong encryption on their phones.  In contrast to prior practice, the companies would no longer keep a key […]

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November 7, 2014 | FPF Staff

Cameron Kerry Queries Whether Law Enforcement Is Really "Going Dark"

Writing in Forbes today, Cam Kerry, formerly of the Department of Commerce and a member of the FPF Advisory Board, discusses some of the challenges facing law enforcement as technology continues to race past the law. In recent weeks, FBI Director James Comey has criticized tech companies like Apple and Google for embracing stronger levels of encryption, […]

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May 21, 2014 | FPF Staff

FPF list of Federal Anti-discrimination laws

Civil rights groups have recently highlighted the importance of respecting civil rights in this era of “big data” . The White House has echoed these concerns in its Big Data Privacy Review. As supporters of the benefits of responsible data use, we thought it would be helpful to companies and advocates to have a convenient list of existing […]

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May 21, 2014 | Peter Swire

Peter Swire on Economic Espionage

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire writes today about a recent slate of indictments against members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for economic espionage. Swire argues that industrial cyber-espionage is distinct from intelligence surveillance. Specifically, economic espionage is a crime. Further, such espionage has serious economic consequences: Criminal laws against industrial espionage serve broader goals than […]

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March 4, 2014 | Joseph Jerome

White House/MIT Big Data Privacy Workshop Recap

Speaking for everyone snowed-in in DC, White House Counselor John Podesta remarked that “big snow trumped big data,” while on the phone to open the first of the Obama Administration’s three big data and privacy workshops.  This first workshop focused on advancing the “start of the art” in technology and practice.  While these workshops are ultimately the […]