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Comey: 'No Such Thing as Absolute Privacy in America'

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 12:34 PM

FBI Director James Comey said there is nowhere "outside of judicial reach" at a Boston College conference on cyber security Wednesday, CNN reports.

"All of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, and in our devices. But it also means with good reason, in court, government through law enforcement can invade our private spaces," Comey said, according to Politico. "Even our memories aren't private. Any of us can be compelled to say what we saw . . . In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any of us to testify in court on those private communications."

He added, "there is no such thing is absolute privacy in America; there is no place in America outside of judicial reach."

Comey told Ars Technica in August of last year that "we have never had absolute privacy in this country.

"Cars, safe deposit boxes, our apartments, our houses, even the contents of our minds — any one of us, in appropriate circumstances, can be compelled to say what we saw," he continued. "We have never lived with large swaths of our life off limits, where judicial authority is ineffective. That is something we need to talk about. I don't think the FBI should tell people what to do. I don't think tech companies should tell people what to do. The American people need to decide."

Comey also said that he intends to serve the remainder of his 10-year term, telling the audience, "you're stuck with me for about another six and a half years."

The FBI Director did not address recent claims by WikiLeaks, which accused the CIA of having become a hacking organization with the power to remotely spy through software in Samsung smart TVs, iPhones, iPads and android devices, according to CNN.

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