Serial No. 114-78: The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing American's Security and Privacy, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 1, 2016   [open pdf - 9MB]

This is the March 1, 2016 hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Bob Goodlatte: "Encryption is a good thing. It prevents crime, it prevents terrorist attacks, it keeps our most valuable information safe, yet it is not used as effectively today as is necessary to protect against the ever-increasing sophistication of foreign governments, criminal enterprises, and just plain hackers. [...] Encryption is a topic that may sound arcane, or only the province of techies, but, in fact, it is a subject whose solutions will have far-reaching and lasting consequences. The Judiciary Committee is a particularly appropriate forum for this congressional debate to occur. As the Committee of exclusive jurisdiction over the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federal Criminal Laws and Procedures, we are well-versed in the perennial struggle between protecting Americans' privacy and enabling robust public safety. [...] Today's hearing is a continuation of the Committee's work on encryption, work that Congress is best suited to resolve. [...] We must answer this question: How do we deploy ever stronger, more effective encryption without unduly preventing lawful access to communications of criminals and terrorists intent on doing us harm?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James B. Comey, Bruce Sewell, Susan Landau, and Cyrus R. Vance.

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