Sen. Feinstein Lashes Out at Silicon Valley for Encryption Technology in Wake of Paris Attacks

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In response to last week's Paris attacks, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Dianne Feinstein condemned tech companies for not doing more to aid law enforcement in fighting terrorism. Feinstein and other intelligence officials believe that last week's attackers used encryption technology, which makes communications difficult, if not impossible, to track. But experts disagree on encryption's ability to thwart tracking efforts and President Obama has yet to require companies to provide law enforcement with a backdoor around encoding technology. Meanwhile, tech companies such as Apple say that weakening encryption technology would compromise customers' security. We'll discuss the complex questions of encryption, privacy and security.


Kim Zetter, senior writer, Wired; author of "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon"

Cindy Cohn, executive director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ron Hosko, president, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund