FBI Must Stop Stifling Innovation, Say Congressmen Lieu and Hurd

Earlier this week, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), who serves as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee’s Information and Technology Subcommittee, and committee member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) penned a letter to FBI Director James Comey.

In an effort to urge the bureau to avoid stifling innovation, the congressmen reminded Comey that pressing the tech industry to weaken their systems is a disservice to security.

To Lieu and Hurd, both computer science majors, a backdoor offering the U.S. government tools to circumvent encryption technology will make America less safe:

“… it is our belief that backdoors can be easily circumvented by terrorists and criminals who can purchase outside encryption applications or communications devices from foreign manufacturers who do not have to follow U.S. law.”

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