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FBI Director suggests covering webcams to keep prying eyes away

FBI Director James Comey (Source: Wikimedia Commons) FBI Director James Comey (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
In a post shared by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, you can see in the background both the webcam and microphone of his laptop are covered with tape. (Source: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg) In a post shared by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, you can see in the background both the webcam and microphone of his laptop are covered with tape. (Source: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg)
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The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations defended putting a piece of tape over his personal laptop’s webcam, calling it a common sense idea that most people should take.

According to a report from The Hill, Director James Comey made the remarks during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Comey remarked. The FBI director revealed earlier this year that he placed the tape over his camera to keep unauthorized eyes away.

While the idea of using tape to cover a webcam is a common suggestion made by security advocates and is even used by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who shared a photo on his personal Facebook page that showed both the camera and microphone of his laptop taped off, some find it ironic that Comey takes this action following a high profile battle against tech titan Apple to gain entry into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino, Calif. terrorists.

Many saw that battle between the FBI and Apple as a referendum on digital privacy.

Comey admitted during the event that he was “mocked for that.”

“You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen,” he continued. “They all have a little lid that closes down on them.

“You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing,” Comey remarked. “It’s not crazy that the FBI director cares about personal security as well. So I think people ought to take responsibility for their own safety and security.”

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