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May/17

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Fighting cybercrime vs. protecting citizens

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David Shedd, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently published an OpEd on the damage that unrestricted focus on catching criminals can do to our general cyber security. It is great to see people with that kind of background speaking on on this critical issue.

“Americans want their cyber data to be safe from prying eyes. They also want the government to be able to catch criminals. Can they have both?
It’s an especially pertinent question to ask at a time when concerns over Russian hacking are prevalent. Can we expose lawbreakers without also putting law-abiders at greater risk? After all, the same iPhone that makes life easier for ordinary Americans also makes life easier for criminals.”

You can read the whole essay here.

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