The Congressional Hearing on Privacy & Technology on March 1, 2016: Records & Testimonies

On March 1, 2016, the US House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to help determine when law enforcement agencies should be able to gain access to the data of US citizens.

The summary of the hearing has been removed from the House Judiciary website. We are republishing the records and testimonies from that hearing here for posterity.

Witnesses at the hearing included James Comey, former director of the FBI; Bruce Sewell, then Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Apple, Inc.; Dr. Susan Landau, professor of cybersecurity policy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Cyrus Vance Jr., then district attorney of New York County.

Records From the Hearing

Please note that the House Judiciary Committee did not print a written statement from James Comey, but his testimony before the committee is included in the hearing records.

Notes from the hearing originally printed by the House Judiciary Committee:

Written testimony of Mr. Bruce Sewell, then Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Apple, Inc:

Written testimony of Dr. Susan Landau, professor of cybersecurity policy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Written testimony of Cyrus Vance Jr., then district attorney of New York County:


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