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FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week about encryption and privacy, repeating his argument that "absolute privacy" hampers law enforcement.
But it was an offhand remark during the Q&A session at Kenyon College that caught the attention of privacy activists:
"I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera."
It's certainly not unreasonable to worry about webcams, especially for someone as high-profile as Comey. The FBI itself has used malware to hack into cameras to spy on targets.
For privacy activists, the real problem is what they see as Comey's hypocrisy. He says tech companies shouldn't make devices that are "unhackable" to law enforcement (the fight over the San Bernardino iPhone 5C being the major case in point), but the activists say that's exactly what he's done with his personal webcam.
originally posted by: Hazardous1408
a reply to: gladtobehere
I think he blocks his camera from Hackers.
Not the government.
More than just the government spy on people.
In fact I'd suggest that as an FBI head he is a target of a myriad of hackers from Anon, to Mossad, to Russia, to ISIS...
I don't think he fears his own government.
It's specious to connect the two...
Meaning it sounds plausible, but likely isn't true.
My 2 pennies worth.