Thursday, September 7, 2023

Liberty Safe Revises Procedures Following Controversy Over Cooperation with FBI's January 6 Probe

On August 30, federal agents carried out a search warrant at the residence of Nathan Hughes in Arkansas. Hughes has since been accused in relation to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot investigations led by the U.S. government. 

Upon discovering a Liberty Safe at Hughes' residence, federal agents contacted the company. Though the search warrant did not explicitly name Liberty Safe, the firm provided the FBI with a backdoor code for the electronic keypad safe after confirming the existence of a valid warrant. This action sparked a wave of criticism against Liberty Safe, particularly because the company was not specifically named in the warrant. 

The controversy also shed light on the industry practice of keeping backdoor access codes for electronic keypad safes, which Liberty Safe explained is intended to assist customers who forget their codes—a situation they claim occurs thousands of times annually. This does not extend to safes with manual combination locks.

In the wake of the incident, other safe manufacturers are making it known that they do not store access codes for their safes. Liberty Safe, for its part, has announced changes to its policy. The company issued a statement indicating that customers could opt to have their backdoor codes deleted from the company records. Additionally, going forward, Liberty Safe will require law enforcement to present a specific subpoena that mandates the company to supply an access code for a safe, assuming one exists in their records. 

In a subsequent statement, Liberty Safe reiterated its commitment to ensuring the security and privacy of its customers' valuables. While this policy update is seen as a positive move, the company's reputation has undoubtedly suffered, casting doubt on the future impact this controversy will have on its business.

Here is the link to request combination removal for your Liberty Safe.

Gun Coyote | Gun Deals

Get Our Deals Newsletter

1 comment:

  1. You don’t co-operate with them ever.
    You do as they do… Obfuscate and Lawfare.