Kendall Howell

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Kendall Howell is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he spent three and a half years on active duty in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He holds a BBA in Business Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Encryption

The Fifth Amendment, Decryption and Biometric Passcodes

The spread of commercially available encryption products has made it harder for law enforcement officials to access to information that relates to criminal and national security investigations. In October, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that in an 11-month period, the FBI had been unable to extract data from more than 6,900 devices; that is over half of the devices it had attempted to unlock. It’s a “huge, huge problem,” Wray said.