FBI Director Blocks Laptop Webcam with Tape, the Reason why is Shocking

FBI Director Blocks Laptop Webcam with Tape, the Reason why is Shocking

You’re kidding, right? The head of the FBI claims he puts tape over his webcam because, and I quote: “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,” Comey said during his talk. “Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.” Either that is the lamest answer ever to be ushered or web cams are a severe security risk and everyone should put tape over them. When you’ve got the leader of the FBI doing it, people should probably take note. It’s not paranoia if they are really watching you.

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From TheBlaze:

FBI Director James Comey revealed the reason behind why he places a piece of tape over his laptop computer’s webcam during a speech Wednesday at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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During the Wednesday speech, Comey discussed a myriad of issues concerning privacy and encryption in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s very public spat with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Although the government used legal action to try and compel Apple to aid in unlocking the iPhone, when Apple refused, the FBI later announced that it had found a way to successfully break into the iPhone.

Although Comey addressed some of the public’s concerns over privacy and encryption during his speech, he also discussed his own unusual practice of placing a piece of tape over his laptop’s webcam — a gesture that is often deemed to be “paranoid,” according to NPR.

“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,” Comey said during his talk. “Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.”

Comey also pointed out during his speech that tech companies should not seek to create devices that are “unhackable” by law enforcement agencies. But with his own admission that he places tape over his laptop’s webcam for privacy reasons, some people have tried to call him out on what they say is evidence of a double-standard, even as others sought to defend his reasoning. Listen, I’m all for the authorities going after computers and phones of those that pose a demonstrable threat to us. You do it with warrants and use it only when needed. But telling all tech companies to make their equipment so it can be easily hacked by law enforcement agencies gives me the creeps constitutionally. There is a double-standard here at play and this is a prime example of it.

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