“Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, said on Monday that a secure Internet was in the best interest of the United States, following disclosures that the N.S.A. had been exploiting weaknesses in the web for foreign intelligence gathering,” Nicole Perlroth reports for The New York Times. “Admiral Rogers took over the post of N.S.A. director in April as the agency faced criticism over its mass-surveillance program, and particularly its efforts to undermine digital encryption and exploit security flaws to spy on foreigners, after the revelations by the former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden.”

“Apple and Google have taken steps to encrypt mobile data by introducing fully encrypted cellphones,” Perlroth reports. “Those moves prompted the F.B.I.’s director, James B. Comey, in a speech two weeks ago, to remark that the ‘post-Snowden pendulum’ had ‘gone too far.’ But Admiral Rogers took a different tack in his speech on Monday, before an audience of students and faculty at Stanford, saying ‘a fundamentally strong Internet is in the best interest of the U.S.’ Increasingly encrypted products and services are ‘a challenge,’ Admiral Rogers said. ‘And we’ll deal with it.'”

“A partnership with Silicon Valley corporations is likely to be an uphill battle. At a recent Apple event, Timothy D. Cook, the company’s chief executive, said that the company’s priority was to protect consumer privacy and that it would not loosen security or encryption for intelligence-gathering efforts,” Perlroth reports. “‘There’s been some comments from some law enforcement types that said, ‘Hey, this is not good, we don’t have the flexibility we had before,” Mr. Cook said. ‘If law enforcement wants something they should go to the user and get it. It’s not for me to do that.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961

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