US Department of Justice thinks companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said that the fight against cybercrime would be more effective if private companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies and if they engage more.

But DOJ calls for legislation to require mobile phone operating systems to include back doors in newly announced encryption tools may be a major stumbling block to additional cooperation. FBI Director James Comey raised concerns about law enforcement access to criminal evidence on smartphones after Apple and Google both announced encryption tools for their mobile operating systems.

Dean Garfield, CEO of tech trade group the Information Technology Industry Council, said the tech industry will oppose efforts to pass a law requiring a back door in encryption tools. Such regulations would be "incredibly disruptive in a negative way," he said.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: mobile phones, private companies, engagement, trust, legislation, back doors, cybersecurity, privacy, smartphones, DOJ, US Department of Justice, FBI, Information Technology Industry Council, cooperation, law enforcement, encryption

Posted on Tuesday 9 December 2014

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