Encryption Technology and Potential U.S. Policy Responses

Hearing Date: April 29, 2015 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

HEARING PURPOSE:

  • The hearing will examine the perspectives of law enforcement, industry, and security and privacy advocates with respect to encryption and cybersecurity for mobile electronic communication devices.

HEARING BACKGROUND:

  • In September of last year, Apple and Google, the largest mobile phone system operators in the United States, announced that they would implement increased security measures on their products in an attempt to strengthen privacy and data security.  However, these developments were met with concern from some law enforcement entities, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who are concerned that an inability to access this information will hinder investigatory efforts.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Kevin Bankston Policy Director New America's Open Technology Institute Document
Amy Hess Executive Assistant Director Science and Technology Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice Document
Daniel Conley District Attorney Suffolk County, Massachusetts Document
Jon Potter President Application Developers Alliance Document
Matthew Blaze, Ph. D. Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania Document

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