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From encryption to the NSA, what experts want from Obama's last State of the Union

January 19, 2016

Andrew Crocker, staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation civil liberties team:

“Two really big ones would be affirmative statements on encryption, an issue we’ve kind of been dogging the administration about recently, where we had this petition that we co-organized with Access Now where we’re calling on the White House to affirmatively support strong encryption and say what that means—that they would support end-to-end encryption, and wouldn’t support any kind of backdoor legislation or otherwise subvert encryption. We really have been trying to get the administration to come out and say something positive about it rather than it’s a statement they’ve had so far.

“Do I think it’s realistic? Probably not, but it’d be nice to see.

“The other figure here would be NSA reform. We had the USA Freedom Act pass since the last state of the Union and I’m sure he’ll allude to that, but that really only addresses some small portion of the [National Security Agency's] activities. We haven’t really seen any reform on the [Section] 702 [of the FISA Amendments Act, which authorizes many foreign surveillance programs], or [Executive order] 12333, and certainly with that story the Wall Street Journal broke just before New Year’s about spying on members of Congress [...] we’re sort of hopeful that there’ll be some attention to that in coming months.”

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