FBI's Comey Defends Privacy; Ignores the 800-Pound WikiLeaks in the Corner

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FBI's Comey Defends Privacy; Ignores the 800-Pound WikiLeaks in the Corner

Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Boston, FBI director James Comey seemed to put to rest any speculation that he will be leaving his position.

"You're stuck with me for another six years", Comey smiled.

However, the head of the country's top law enofrcement agency, did emphasize that "a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices.is a vital part of being an American". Comey was appointed by President Obama in 2013 and has more than half of his term left.

The encryption debate grabbed headlines in February 2016 when Apple fought demands that it help the Federal Bureau of Investigation crack into a locked iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings.

"Even our memories aren't private", he said.

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He did not address his reported request for the Justice Department to issue a statement refuting President Trump's assertion that his campaign had been wiretapped by former President Obama, nor the unfolding probe into Russian hacking of political targets during the election. The FBI Director serves a 10-year-term.

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday again called for an "adult conversation" about encryption, saying its growing use is making it increasingly hard for law enforcement officials to investigate crimes.

Mr Comey noted during a Boston College conference that the FBI has been unable to open 43 per cent of the 2,800 devices obtained in various investigations due to encryption. And we made that bargain over two centuries ago to achieve two goals, to achieve the very very important goal of privacy, and to achieve the very important goal of security.

Despite downplaying the existence of "absolute privacy" in America, Comey went on to assure those at the conference that the government can not invade a person's privacy without "good reason", adding that it is a "vital part of being American". We all value security. "We should never have to sacrifice one for the other", he said.

As for how long Comey remains, that is ultimately up to the discretion of the president. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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