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FBI Director: Gov't can fight computer crimes without invading privacy

Laptop computer (Photo by: Dan Taylor from London, UK/Wikimedia Commons).
Laptop computer (Photo by: Dan Taylor from London, UK/Wikimedia Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The federal government can fight computer crimes without hurting people's privacy rights.  

That's what FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday in Milwaukee, where he met with local law enforcement officers and reporters.

He compared the government's monitoring of Internet activity to having police stationed at gang infested parks to make them safe for children. Comey said the Internet is a "dangerous neighborhood," and the FBI needs to patrol it -- and to do it in a legal and carefully overseen manner so both security and liberty are protected.

He refused to answer questions about the NSA's snooping of phone and e-mail records. Comey said he was only in a position to discuss his own agency's practices.  

The FBI chief is currently visiting all 56 of its field offices.

During his Milwaukee stop, Comey also answered questions about the FBI's efforts to stem heroin abuse, fight human trafficking, and combat other violent crimes.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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