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Senate Committee on the Judiciary Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Date:  Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time:  10:00 AM ET

Witness: The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr., Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation






Read the Apps Alliance blog post:  Poking Holes in End-to-End Encryption Would Create Dangerous Consequences for Consumers, Innovation and Data Security


Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing

Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy

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Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM EDT


  1. The Honorable Sally Quillian Yates, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  2. The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr., Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  3. The Honorable Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney, New York County New York , NY
  4. Dr. Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar, Center For International Security And Cooperation, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution Stanford University , CA
  5. Professor Peter Swire, Huang Professor Of Law And Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta , GA

The Apps Alliance submitted a statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary prior to the hearing. 

Read the Apps Alliance blog post: The Encryption Battle: Data Privacy vs. Public Safety

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology Committee on Government Oversight and Reform Hearing

Encryption Technology and Possible U.S. Policy Responses

Date: April 29, 2015


  1. Kevin Bankston, Policy Director, New America's Open Technology Institute
  2. Amy Hess, Executive Assistant Director, Science and Technology Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice
  3. Daniel Conley, District Attorney, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  4. Jon Potter, President, Application Developers Alliance
  5. Matthew Blaze, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Computer and Information ScienceSchool of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Apps Alliance President Jon Potter testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology. Recently, law enforcement agencies have been pushing hard for unfettered access to encrypted products and services—a major issue for developers and businesses across the globe.

“Developers, industry partners, and consumers will face tremendous obstacles if government forces apps to try to both protect privacy and provide privacy-breaching back doors to the government,” Potter told the Committee. “Any backdoor is a vulnerability that hackers and cyberthieves will exploit, and there is no evidence that split-key encryption or any type of shared-key system will be effective."

Potter concluded by urging Congress to protect consumer data and ensure a healthy international marketplace for app development.