March 1, 2016

Reform Government Surveillance members believe
that the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges is an
important option to consider in the debate about law enforcement access to
encrypted content.  Given that there are no ‘backdoors’ into encrypted
systems or devices that would also maintain the security of what’s on those
systems and devices, we hope that a commission can engage in a thoughtful
dialogue that respects the security of users and their information, while ensuring
that law enforcement has tools to fight crime and terrorism.  We hope that
same thoughtful dialogue will occur as the Commission looks at other issues
related to law enforcement access to data in light of new technologies and
their global reach.