Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.  Baker previously served as General Counsel of the National Security Agency and General Counsel of the ...

  Bottom Line Up Front Early this week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr labeled the December 6 shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola as an act of terrorism. The attack, which killed three and injured eight, was conducted by Saudi citizen Mohammed Alshamrani, who was in Pensacola for military training. ...

The impact that the Snowden revelations had on private businesses is one of the most overlooked stories in the Snowden saga, particularly the impact on technology and Internet communications companies such as Apple, Google, Verizon, and Cisco.  In my opinion, the Snowden revelations impacted businesses’ willingness to work with the ...

The Justice Department has dropped its legal effort to force Apple to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack after the government found another way to crack the phone — without the tech giant’s help. With no legal precedent set in the ...

The interesting thing about the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate is that that there is little disagreement that encryption is a valuable tool for protecting individuals’ privacy and preventing information from falling into the wrong hands.  There is also little disagreement that we want law enforcement and intelligence agencies to ...

Apple should not be coerced into hacking into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and we must get to a point as a society where law enforcement does not even make such a request. Mobile devices are not mere repositories for addresses, appointments, and email. As many people use them now, ...

The current conflict between Apple and the FBI over developing a means to circumvent security features on the iPhone has reignited the tense debate about the tradeoff between security and privacy in the U.S. The Cipher Brief spoke to Robert Eatinger, former Senior Deputy General Counsel at the CIA, about ...

The current dispute between Apple and the FBI amplifies the ongoing debate between U.S. tech firms and law enforcement agencies about encryption.  At issue in this case is how to access an iPhone that belonged to one of the people responsible for the San Bernardino shooting in December 2015. The ...