NEW YORK — A7 Networks CEO and former A7 Studios head have said the company’s “envelopes” — designed to hold personal and business information — were never intended to be used for security purposes and were never meant to be a tool for law enforcement.
Eugene Schaffer and Robert McQuillan were speaking at the New York Academy of Art’s 2017 Design Competition, which honored the legacy of the iconic studio, which closed its doors in September.
“We didn`t even know that we were using envelopes,” Schaffer said.
“We`ve never seen them used for that purpose.
We don`t know if they`re used for criminal justice or for the mail.
We haven`t seen them ever used for those purposes.”
McQuillans remarks about envelopes came as he also talked about his relationship with former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was instrumental in getting the New Year`s Eve party canceled after the Oct. 31 terror attack.
“The envelopes that we made for the New Years Eve party were the work of Bill deBlasio,” Schiff said.
The former mayor and de Blasio’s office issued a statement on the matter, saying, “It is very important that we have clear policies regarding what information should be released to the public, especially when we are trying to protect the privacy of our residents and visitors.
Bill de Blasio was in the middle of a major event that impacted thousands of people and his administration put in place a system to notify the public and to protect their personal information.”
De Blasio said he had asked for the information to be released, but the New Yorkers office had not provided it.
Schaffer said that while the New Yorker has always been an advocate for transparency in government, he wasn`t sure what he would have done differently if the envelopes had been used in an official capacity.
“I thought that I would have taken the envelope and released it and said, `What happened?'”
Schaffer told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“I didn`T know how we would have handled it, what we would not have done.
We were just trying to be creative.”
The New York Police Department said the city does not have any records on the envelops, but did release a video of them.