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Microsoft's top legal gun decries privacy "arms race"

Elizabeth Heichler | Nov. 5, 2014
Brad Smith is ready for arms-control talks as tech companies and law enforcement fight a running battle on privacy.

Smith said that he wants to see more government action and discussion of a way forward.

"There is no effective broad-based conversation today that is first of all even bringing together the different parts of the United States government. The U.S. government is overdue for an interagency effort" that would bring in the interests of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the Commerce Department, State Department and others, he said. And he's still optimistic about the role President Obama can play: "The fact that we have a president right now who is a constitutional law professor is a great asset to the country."

"But in the absence of any real discussion were just going to have an arms race in perpetuity," Smith said.

 

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