The most important policy question raised by the WannaCry ransomware fiasco is not the most obvious one.
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On Thursday, I described the surprisingly warm reception FBI Director James Comey got in the Senate this week with his warning that the FBI was "going dark" because of end-to-end encryption. In this post, I want to take on the merits of the renewed encryption debate, which seem to me complicated and multi-faceted and not all pushing in the same direction.
Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold hearings today on strong encrpytion, privacy, and the threat of "Going Dark."
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will begin this morning at 10:00 am. FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates will appear on the first panel. Panel II will include Cyrus Vance, Jr., Lawfare's Herb Lin, and Peter Swire.