SAN FRANCISCO—In a speech before the RightsCon conference in San Francisco, a US State Department official expressed official approval for the president’s new January 2014 policy that established clearer guidelines about state-driven bulk data collection and surveillance.
At that time, President Barack Obama gave a speech outlining the administration’s policy after two outside review boards had critical things to say about the American surveillance regime.
Despite the fact that within the last several months, documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that the United States has been actively weakening encryption standards, deputy assistant secretary Scott Busby told RightsCon that the US “continues to support strong cybersecurity, including strong encryption protocols.”
Busby presented the government’s case as to how, why, and under what conditions American government officials should be allowed to conduct digital surveillance. His speech was approved by all branches of the US government, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.