Encryption Apps Help White House Staffers Leak—and Maybe Break the Law

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Media Outlet: Wired

Allison Stanger was quoted in Wired about White House staffers using the “Confide” app:

[I]t’s hard to assess how people are using a communication service like Confide if there’s no record of anything they ever sent. “Since Confide is explicitly designed to eliminate a paper trail, its use creates at least the appearance of misconduct, if not the reality,” says Allison Stanger, a cybersecurity fellow at the New America Foundation. “Those who wanted to lock up Hillary Clinton for the use of a private email server should be very concerned about this practice.”


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Allison Stanger is a scholar in residence with New America's Cybersecurity Initiative. She is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics and founding director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College.